The Idol

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  98 min.
Release Date: July 8, 2016 (limited) - July 8, 2016 - London

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah, Ahmad Qassim, Abdelkarim Abu Baraka, Tawfeek Barhom, Saber Shreim, Ahmed Al Rokh, Nadine Labaki


The Idol focuses on the childhood of Mohamad Assaf, a famous winner of the TV talent show Arab Idol, which is the Arab world's answer to American Idol. Mohamad Assaf (Qais Atallah), 10, and his twelve-year-old sister Nour (Hiba Atallah) are both obsessed with music. After scheming to purchase instruments, they start a band with their friends Ashraf (Ahmad Qassim) and Omar (Abdelkarim Abu Baraka).

It's Nour who first realizes that her brother is a talented singer. She encourages the band to practice endlessly and dream big, despite the reality of life in Gaza and urges Mohamad to share his gift with the world.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Ali Jaafar, Amira Diab
Screenplay: Hany Abu-Assad, Sameh Zoabi

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  • 5 stars "This was the best film that we saw during the TIFF opening weekend."