Hany Abu-Assad, already known for “Omar” and “Paradise Now,” his poignant films examining the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, is returning to a familiar setting with a distinct, new voice.
“The Idol” follows Mohammed Assaf, his sister Nour, and their life in Gaza. Their childhood dream, to play music without getting water thrown at them, only becomes a possibility when the TV show Arab Idol offers the promise of stardom. The film follows Mohammad’s journey to become the program’s next winner, now as a young man.
Adopt Films will be giving “The Idol” a limited U.S. release beginning May 6th. You can watch the trailer above.