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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 
 
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Phil Stebbing 
 
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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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Excellent Story, 28 May 2012
Author: billcr12 from United States

I have never seen American Idol, nor am I a fan of that sort of entertainment. Afghan Star is a Middle Eastern version of that program, with the difference being that in a Muslim culture, the contestants are in a real life and death struggle every day between the secularists and the devout. One of the female singers loses her scarf while singing, and as a result receives threats from those who wish to kill her.

Setara is the first one voted off and besides the constant harassment from religious fanatics, she is evicted from her apartment, and puts her parent's in danger when she attempts to move back in with them.

Other singers compete to become the Afghan Star, and this should be seen by everyone to expose the narrow mindedness of theology. Thank God that here in America, we have the separation of church and state and we are free to worship any deity of our choice. The documentary proves why it is the right decision.

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