The Idol Cert. PG Picture house at FACT

  • Running time100 minutes
  • DirectorHany Abu-Assad
  • GenreForeign Language + World Cinem
  • LanguageArabic with English subtitles
  • CastTawfeek Barhom, Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah

Academy Award-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad directs this heart-warming and expertly pitched feel-good story based on the life of singer Mohammed Assaf, a young Palestinian who smuggled himself out of the Gaza Strip to compete in Egyptian Pop Idol and is now a massive pop star.


Assaf’s story is one of immense talent, developed from childhood, which was combined with an astonishing commitment and determination to succeed. It makes a fitting subject for a film which at once echoes the glamour and rags-to-riches trajectory of Slumdog Millionaire whilst also evoking the grit and realism of Arabic cinema from the likes of Makhmalbaf and Kiarostami.

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