A Skype Q&A with director Hany Abu-Assad follows the screening of The Idol.

Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now; Omar) directs this biopic about Mohammad Assaf, the Gazan wedding singer who became a worldwide sensation after winning the Arab Idol competition in 2013.

Preceded by Ave Maria (directed by Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 2015, 15 min., in Arabic English, and Hebrew with English subtitles), a comedy about an Israeli family who breaks down and disrupts the silence of five nuns living in the West Bank wilderness.

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Hany Abu-Assad
Arabic with English subtitles
UK/Palestine/Qatar/The Netherlands/United Arab Emirates
Running Time
100 minutes