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14 June 2010 8:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director of Afghan Star tells of impact on young audience

"Usually at screenings people ask questions which include a statement about what they believe, and then they don't bother listening to your answer," says Havana Marking. "What was great about the kids was that they actually wanted to know what you were going to say."

As the director of Afghan Star – a documentary about Afghanistan's version of Pop Idol and its eventual winner, 21-year-old Rafi Naabzada – Marking is used to Q&As about her More 4-funded film. She has accompanied it around the world from Stockholm to Sundance and faced interrogation from audiences ranging from human rights workers to indie film buffs. Recently, however, her audience was 150 kids, aged 11 or 12, sprawled in the gym at St Augustine's School in Kilburn, north London, just before lunch hour.

"The most obvious difference was that every other screening has the audience asking you, »

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