• TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2 (map)
  • 350 King Street West
  • Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6
  • Canada

The Idol

September 25
Starting at 7:30 PM

100 min
Hany Abu-Assad

A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad Assaf, dreams of one day singing in the Cairo Opera House with his sister and best friend, Nour. One day, Nour collapses and is rushed to the hospital where it is discovered that she needs a kidney transplant. Nour leaves Mohammad with a dying wish that someday, he will sing in Cairo. Escaping from Gaza to Egypt against unbelievable odds, Assaf makes the journey of a lifetime.
From two-time Academy Award® nominee Hany Abu-Assad, comes this inspirational drama inspired by the incredibly true story of Mohammed Assaf, winner of ARAB IDOL™ 2013.


Ave Maria

14 min
Basil Khalil
Comedy Short
2015 - Palestine, France, Germany

The prayers of five Nuns living in the West Bank are disturbed when an Israeli settler family crash their car into the convent. Sabbath laws do not allow the Israelis to call for assistance, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they devise an unorthodox plan to them get home.