The Middle East Film Series, sponsored by the Middle East Initiative, is offering a select number of FREE tickets to a screening of The Idol/Ya Tayr El Tayer (Palestine, 2015), presented by the Boston Palestine Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The portal to request tickets is now closed. To buy tickets directly from BPFF and the MFA, visit the full festival schedule online.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Tickets will be available for pick-up at the main entrance (on Huntington Avenue) of the museum, starting at 6:30pm on Friday, October 21.

Watch the trailer here:

About The Idol:

Mohammed, a young boy in Gaza and his sister, Nour play music, football, and dare to dream big. He sings at weddings and drives a taxi to pay for his university studies. Even as the siege around Gaza intensifies, the prison around them ever more forbidding, Mohammed knows he has a rare gift – his voice.

And so, in front of him on TV one evening lies an impossible dream: the auditions for Arab Idol, the “American Idol” of the Arab world and its most popular show, are taking place in Cairo. The borders are closed. There is no way out. Somehow, he finds a way and makes it in front of the judges in Egypt. From there, destiny awaits, a chance to change his life and give a voiceless people the greatest feeling of all: the freedom to love, live and feel free.

This uplifting drama, by two-time Academy Award-nominated director (Paradise Now, Omar) Hany Abu-Assad, is based on the incredible true story of the Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, the 22-year-old Palestinian refugee from Gaza who won the hearts of an entire region in 2013.

Link here to the film's page at this year's Boston Palestine Film Festival.

Link here to the film's page at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.