The Idol tells the story of Mohammad Assaf, a Palestinian singer who went on to win Arab Idol in Egypt in 2013 and became an underdog hero for his country and a symbol of hope for millions worldwide.

Director Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) creates a moving, complex examination of what Assaf had to go through to even enter the competition, from forging passports to sneaking across borders, and what ‘winning’ means for someone faced with daily oppression.