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THE IDOL

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Hany Abu-Assad

Country: Netherlands, Palestine, Qatar, UK, United Arab Emirates
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English
Original Title: YA TAYER EL TAYER

Running Time: 100min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Soiree Series

Hope for a better future is undeniably a distant dream for Palestinians living in the refugee camp of the Gaza strip. Yet hope is just what drives twenty-two-year-old Mohammad Assaf, who sings at weddings and cobbles together rehearsal sessions with his makeshift band, who have managed to become contestants in a live-televised amateur band competition taking place in Tel Aviv. Unable to compete in person since they are not allowed to leave the camp, the program allows the band to Skype-in their performance—partly in protest of their confinement, Alas, just before going on the air, the electricity goes out. A generator is quickly found to get the signal back just in the nick of time—but the noise of the generator is so loud, the audience in Tel Aviv can barely hear the music.

In an era when the cumulative weight of obstacles threatens to crush even the most tenacious soul, the perseverance required to carry on despite incredible obstacles must come from somewhere. In the case of Mohammad, it is simply that to stop struggling for a chance to sing is to stop living. And as he traverses various checkpoints en route to realizing his dream, you will gasp at what awaits him and his countrymen. – Jaie Laplante

This film is also part of the Cinema 360º series

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credits

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Producer: Hans de Wolf, Amira Diab, Ali Jaafar, Hanneke Niens
Screenwriter: Hany Abu-Assad, Sameh Zoabi

Cinematographer: Ehab Assal
Editor: Eyas Salman

Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah, Ahmad Qassim, Abdelkarim Abu Baraka, Saber Shreim, Ahmed Al Rokh, Nadine Labaki

Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad was born in Nazareth. His films include Rana’s Wedding (2002) and The Courier (2012), as well as Paradise Now (2005) and Omar (2013), both of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Idol (2015) is his latest film.