Mohammed Assaf: From the Arab Idol stage to the big screen, coming soon...

Published March 16th, 2015 - 12:18 GMT
Assaf is a huge international pop star and a UN Goodwill Ambassador. (Image: Facebook)
Assaf is a huge international pop star and a UN Goodwill Ambassador. (Image: Facebook)

Mohammed Assaf is a name that needs no introduction.

In 2013, Assaf became an instant household name after winning the singing competition Arab Idol.

But the young Palestinian star’s journey to stardom was anything but easy. We know how his journey ended, but how did it all begin?

Hailing from Gaza, Assaf’s road to his life-changing audition was scattered with obstacles. It took him two days to reach Egypt, where the auditions were being held, and by the time he got there, it was “too late.”

What happened next was so emotional, brave, exciting and a bit cheeky. But we won’t spoil it for you. Instead, we’ll let MBC Group tell you how it all went down.

The giant media group, which airs Arab Idol, is currently producing a film about the 25-year-old’s life, where all will be revealed about how Assaf went from being a struggling wedding singer to an international pop star.

In a world where becoming famous is as easy as a Kardashian sister, you’ve got to be “something else” to have a movie made about you. Our Assaf is nothing less than extraordinary; sitting in the same league as some of this generation's most influential young artists, some of whom have also had films made about them.

In 2011, 21-year-old Canadian superstar Justin Bieber's “Never say Never" made it to theatres, while English-Irish boy band One Direction debuted on the big screen in “One Direction: This Is Us” in 2013, and again in “One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film” in 2014.

The true-story-film is currently being shot in Jordan - why not Gaza? - by international Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, who directed Oscar-nominated films “Omar,” 2013, and “Paradise Now,” 2005.

While a release date is yet to be confirmed, the highly-anticipated production is expected to break box office records, much like anything else Assaf's name is attached to.

By Arwad Khalifeh


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