Inspired by the true story of Mohammed Assaf, THE IDOL follows the hopes and dreams of the 22-year-old young refugee from Gaza who dreams of the world hearing his voice and singing in the Cairo Opera House. Somehow he manages to escape out of Gaza and make it to the Cairo auditions of Arab Idol, the most popular talent show in the region. He gets to the latter stages of the competition, where he must confront his own fears to take control of his destiny and bring hope and happiness to an entire region.
Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are predestined to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide attackers.
Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes]