Earlier this year, American Idol aired its final episode after years of dominating the TV ratings. The phenomenon was the most successful of the Idols franchise, which included many iterations of the format around the world. One of those was Arab Idol, the Middle Eastern version of the competition which forms the basis for Hany Abu-Assad's latest feature "The Idol". Based on an inspiring true story, the film furthers Abu-Assad’s reputation for complex, humane portrayals of the Palestinian people.
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