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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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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

Directed by
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 
Sound Department
James O'Brien .... sound mixer
Editorial Department
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 »
Man in the street:[after Setara adds dance moves to her song] She should be killed.See more »
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some compelling stuff, 13 October 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

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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