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The Idol - A Palestinian Film and Meal

The Idol - A Palestinian Film and Meal

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  • Sun 9 Jun, 6:30pm – 9:00pm


NMIT - Creative Industries Building, 61 Nile Street, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Meal and film: $20.00
  • Meal and film - Unwaged: $16.00
  • Film only: $10.00
  • Film only - Unwaged: $8.00

There’s no such thing as instant stardom in this rousing dramatisation of the true story of Mohammed Assaf, a boy from Gaza whose golden voice took the Arab world by storm in 2013.

Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) directs this fictionalised feature based on the story of Mohammed Assaf, the Gazan wedding singer who became a worldwide sensation after winning the ‘Arab Idol’ competition in 2013. The Idol chronicles Mohammed’s remarkable rise from childhood in Gaza to acclaim as an international symbol of hope.

A lack of real instruments doesn’t stop honey-voiced ten-year-old Mohammed and his sassy sister, Nour (with whom he shares a deep bond, a tiny bedroom and an obsession with music), from performing wherever and whenever they can with their makeshift band.

It’s Nour who recognises the true potential of her brother’s talent, and makes him promise to share his gift with the world. A decade later, Mohammed, now a college student and part-time cab driver, ventures on a journey beset with seemingly insurmountable obstacles to fulfil his promise.

A Palestinian meal will be available from 6.30pm and the film will start at 7.30pm. Nelson's own Palestinian chef will be cooking one meat and one vegetarian option. Please RSVP to palestinenelson@gmail.com if you would like to eat with us at 6.30pm.

Please bring your own plate and utensils, washing facilities will be available.

This is a fundraiser for the People's Committee for Services in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Palestine. They support residents in the camp to improve their living conditions. They will use the funds raised to support youth to continue their university studies, whose families are unable to fund their ongoing education.

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