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(YA TAYREL TAYER)
2015, Hany Abu Assad, UK/Palestine/Qatar, 100 min.
With Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah, Tawfeek Barhom
Four mischievous kids in a Gaza refugee camp master the ways of the streets to score musical instruments and start a ragtag wedding band. Surmounting poverty, family tragedy, and the occupation, the band’s precociously talented vocalist Mohammed Assaf (Barhom), grows up to wangle by hook and by crook, a coveted spot on TV’s Arab Idol, the first Palestinian ever to compete. The hopes of an entire people hang thrillingly on the outcome. It’s a true story, and one recreated by director Abu Assad (OMAR, PARADISE NOW) as a rousing tension-filled cliffhanger with an irresistibly jubilant finale. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Preceded by GRAFFITI (2016, Fidaa Nasr, Palestine, 16 min); An anonymous graffiti on a wall in Hebron tells of love…love in the time of death. In Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)