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Afghan Star (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 16 January 2009 (USA)
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A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show.

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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Habib Amiri ...
Himself
Setara Hussainzada ...
Herself
Rafi Naabzada ...
Himself
Lima Sahar ...
Herself (as Lema Sahar)
Hameed Sakhizada ...
Himself
Massoud Sanjer ...
Himself
Daoud Sediqi ...
Himself
Tahir Shaqi ...
Himself
Fazl Hadi Shinwari ...
Himself
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"Afghan Star" is a TV show modeled on the UK's "Pop Idol." We join the 2008 contest when it's down to nine contestants, and we focus on two women, Setara and Lema, and two men, Hameed and Rafi. We watch the two women in particular: Satara sings with emotion and includes dance in her final performance, an action that puts her life in danger; Lema is traditional, but her very appearance brings death threats. The three finalists are from different tribes, and each makes a plea for Afghan unity. The camera visits families watching the competition, there are comments from people in the street, and we return home with a nervous Setara. In Afghanistan, singing is an expression of freedom. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Music

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16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Afgán megasztár  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,671 (USA) (28 June 2009)

Gross:

$101,543 (USA) (18 October 2009)
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United Kingdom's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

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Young Afghani Boy: If there was no music, the world would be silent
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References Afghan Star (2005) See more »

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some compelling stuff
13 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's late 2007 and season 3 of Afghan Star, a singing contest on Afghanistan television. It attracts thousands of hopefuls and even three female singers. It would eventually be watched by as many as eleven million viewers.

It starts a little slow. It feels scattered as the movie figures out who the most interesting contestants are. The production is reasonable considering the jerry-rigged nature of Afghan Star. The most compelling story is Setara when she starts dancing after getting voted out. It is the most compelling moment in the movie. The shock of everybody around her is the jolt that elevates this movie. This is a great slice of life documentary.


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