The Idol

Ya tayr el tayer

Palestine (2015) 100'

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Writers: Hany Abu-Assad, Sameh Zoabi

Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhom, Hiba Attalah

Producers: Ali Jaafar, Amira Diab
Cinematographer: Ehab Assal


The film starts out in 2005 in Gaza. Mohammed is a young child, playing in a band together with his tomboy sister Nour and two friends. Recognizing the possibilities Mohammed's incredible voice has to offer, they set out to become a real band and are soon asked to play at weddings.

Seven years later, in 2012, Mohammed performs with a band for the show Palestinian Idol, but the travel restrictions on Gaza prevent him from actually going to the studio in Ramallah and force him to perform over Skype. The poor conditions of Gaza electricity affect the performance, frustrating Mohammed, who wants to quit singing until he meets Amal again. She inspires him, and with the support of his family, Mohammed decides to audition for Arab Idol.


With the support of The Embassy of Palestine in Sofia


Screenings:

13.01 Cinema House - 19.00' (with "A Wedding Night) - The Official evening of Palestine

23.01 Cultural Center G8 - 19.30'