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Afghan Star -- 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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A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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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Havana Marking 
 
Produced by
Maxyne Franklin .... associate producer
Martin Herring .... executive producer
Mike Lerner .... executive producer
Havana Marking .... producer
Jahid Mohseni .... executive producer
Saad Mohseni .... executive producer
Sandra Whipham .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Russell 
 
Cinematography by
Phil Stebbing 
 
Film Editing by
Ash Jenkins 
 
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James O'Brien .... sound mixer
 
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Andy Lee .... colorist (as Andrew Lee)
 

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United Kingdom's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010.See more »
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Man in the street:[after Setara adds dance moves to her song] She should be killed.See more »
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References "Afghan Star" (2005)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Power of Afghani TV, 30 August 2009
Author: clg238 from United States

This is not merely about the Afghani version of "American Idol," but the effect it has on an entire country. "Afghan Star," the talent competition on TOLO, a TV station that is monitored and at times pressured by the government, is a raging success with a public that comprises disparate ethnic strains in quite discrete parts of a country that has been repeatedly fractured. Indeed, it is seen by the program's contestants as well as by many of its viewers as a more likely path to political unity than politics itself, which has been undeniably divisive. Think of how TV brought the United States together in times of tragedy. Here is shown the power of TV in a more joyous context. The contestants in this documentary seem to be stand-ins for a political message; with the exception of Setara, a young woman who is willing to challenge the mores of her home district, we don't learn very much about their individual backgrounds. The footage of the country, however, is fascinating, both the recent views as well as those from a few decades ago, when Afghanistan looked more like an American city of the 50s. The film is gripping even as it educates those who may have no familiarity with a Third World tribal culture struggling within to resist or reclaim the push toward modernity.

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