Film Screening: The Idol by Hany Abu-Assad

Tue, April 4, 2017 6:00 pm at Columbia University Center for Palestine Studies

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Sponsored by Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY:

The Idolby Hany Abu- Assad

Feature Film | 2015 | 95 min | Arabic with English subtitles

For official trailerclick here

Screening followed by discussion with Director

The Idol is an inspiring biopic, directed by filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, which tells the story of Mohammad Assaf, a singer from Gaza, who in 2013 won the TV talent show “Arab Idol”. While entertaining and inspiring millions, Assaf’s journey to the final stages of the contest prompted Abu-Assad to imagine the childhood origins of this young man’s story and to created a film of hope and success based on this enthralling experience.

About the Director:

Hany Abu-Assadwas born in Nazareth, Palestine in 1961. After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands for several years, Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema as a producer and produced the feature film Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi, in 1994.In 2015 Abu-Assad completed his 6th feature film "The Idol" Drama inspired by the incredible journey of the artist Mohammad Assaf, a singer from Gaza who won the Arab Idol show in 2013. Abu-Assad’s latest film, The Mountain Between Us, is a love survival story for Fox 2000 starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Alwan for the Arts Film Programming is made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Last updated: 2017-04-01 05:24:30

The Idol by Hany Abu-Assad
The Idol by Hany Abu-Assad

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