The Idol | Chicago Reader

The Idol

Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad (Omar, Paradise Now) depicts the true story of Mohammed Assaf (Tawfeek Barhom), a Palestinian pop singer known for winning the second season of the megahit Arabic television show Arab Idol; as the only contestant from Gaza, Assaf risked his life to cross the border into Egypt to audition. The script, cowritten by Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi, deftly connects Assaf's journey to the struggle and perseverance of his people—his belief and commitment would go on to inspire millions. Beautifully shot, and with a powerful performance from Barhom, this is a biopic at its best. In Arabic with subtitles.

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