2015, UK-Palestine-UAE, 100’, Color, Arabic
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Ahmed Al Rokh, Hiba Attalah, Nadine Labaki, Kais Attalah
From award-winning “OMAR” and “PARADISE NOW” director Hany Abu-Assad, the amazing true story of the rise of a wedding singer from Gaza to stardom.
“I see Arab Idol in the tradition of ZORBA THE GREEK, but with the hipness of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. The film will have the honesty of THE CLASS, the energy of BILLY ELLIOT, the determination of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION but will have its own unique humor and spirit.”
A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad Assaf, dreams of one day singing in the Cairo Opera House with his sister and best friend, Nour. One day, Nour collapses and is rushed to the hospital where it is discovered that she needs a kidney transplant. Nour leaves Mohammad with a dying wish that someday, he will sing in Cairo. Escaping from Gaza to Egypt against unbelievable odds, Assaf makes the journey of a lifetime. From two-time Academy Award® nominee Hany Abu-Assad, comes this inspirational drama inspired by the incredibly true story of Mohammed Assaf, winner of ARAB IDOL™ 2013.