The Idol

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Theaters & Showtimes
THEATERS
OPEN DATES
ARIZONA  
Harkins Camelview at Fashion Sq./Scottsdale, AZ
5/27/16
The Loft Cinema/Tucson, AZ 6/10/16
   
CALIFORNIA  
Edwards Westpark 8/Irvine, CA
5/27/16
Laemmle Monica 4/Santa Monica, CA
5/27/16
Fine Arts/Beverly Hills, CA
5/27/16
Laemmle Town Center/Encino, CA
6/3/16
Laemmle Playhouse/Pasadena, CA
5/27/16
Angelika Carmel Mountain/San Diego, CA
6/3/16
Landmark Opera Plaza/San Francisco, CA
5/27/16
Landmark Shattuck/Berkeley, CA 5/27/16
Summerfield Cinemas/Santa Rosa, CA 6/3/16
Cinemas Palme d’Or/Palm Desert, CA 6/10/16
Fresno Filmworks/Fresno, CA 6/24/16
Rafael Film Center/San Rafael, CA 5/27/16
Parkway/Oakland, CA  6/17/16
   
CONNECTICUT  

Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas/New Haven, CT

5/27/16
   
FLORIDA  
Living Room Theaters/Boca Raton, FL
6/3/16
Cinema Paradiso/Hollywood, FL
6/3/16
   
ILLINOIS  
Music Box/Chicago, IL 6/10/16
   
MASSACHUSETTS  
West Newton Cinemas/W. Newton, MA 6/3/16
   
MICHIGAN  
Detroit Film Theatre/Detroit, MI
6/24/16
   
MINNESOTA  
Landmark Edina/Minneapolis, MN 5/27/16
   
NEW MEXICO  
Center for Contemporary Arts/Santa Fe, NM
6/10/16
Guild/Albuquerque, NM
5/27/16
   
NEW YORK  
Lincoln Plaza Cinemas/New York, NY
5/27/16
Cinema Arts Centre/Huntington, NY
6/17/16
Northpark/Buffalo, NY
5/27/16
Angelika Film Center/New York, NY 5/27/16

Kew Gardens Cinemas/Kew Gardens, NY

6/3/16
   
NEW JERSEY  
Clairidge/Montclair, NJ 5/27/16
   
NORTH CAROLINA  
Regal Park Terrace 6/Charlotte, NC 5/27/16
   
OREGON  
Living Room Theaters/Portland, OR
6/10/16
   
PENNSYLVANIA  
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse/Philadelphia, PA 5/27/16
   
SOUTH CAROLINA  

Coligny/Hilton Head, SC

7/10/16
   
TEXAS  
Angelika Film Center/Dallas, TX 6/3/16
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills/Austin, TX 5/27/16
   
VIRGINIA  
Angelika Mosaic/Fairfax, VA 6/3/16
   
WASHINGTON  
Carmike Sundance Cinemas/Seattle, WA 6/24/16
   
WASHINGTON D.C.  
Angelika Pop-Up/Washington, DC 6/3/16
   

SYNOPSIS

Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It’s where they, along with their best friends Ahmad and Omar, play music, football and dare to dream big. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments but their ambitions are sky-high. For Mohammed and Nour, nothing less than playing the world famous Cairo Opera Hall will do. It might take them a lifetime to get there but, as Mohammed will find out, some dreams are worth living for.

Along the way, Mohammed will experience tragedy and loss. The world around him will shatter. Through it all, however, he will somehow retain the hope that his voice will somehow deliver him from the pain that surrounds him and bring joy to others. He sings at weddings, he drives a taxi to pay for his university studies. Even as the siege around Gaza intensifies, the prison around them ever more forbidding, Mohammed knows he has a rare gift. To make people smile and forget their troubles.

And so, in front of him on TV one evening lies an impossible dream: the auditions for Arab Idol, the most popular show in the Arab world, are taking place in Cairo. The borders are closed. There is no way out. Somehow, he finds a way and makes it in front of the judges in Egypt. From there, destiny awaits, a chance to change his life and give a voiceless people the greatest feeling of all: the freedom to love, live and feel free.

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Director: Hany Abu-Assad


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