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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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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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Singing In The Face Of Adversity, 23 July 2009
Author: druid333-2 from United States

After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan,and the resulting take over by the Taliban in the early 1980's , the Afghan people suffered the loss of their culture (music,dance & most everything that represents joy was taken away by the religiously overwrought Taliban). Flash forward to several years later,where the country was (somewhat)liberated from the Taliban,certain aspects of Afghan culture made a comeback (television & radio stations began to pop up through out the country,as well as the ban lifted on most music). A new form of entertainment began to appear on Afghan TV. That show was 'Afghan Stars',patterned somewhat after American Idol, where contestants vied for public exposure,singing their songs before an adoring public. Havana Marking directs a well put together documentary dealing with the contestants (four of them,three men & one woman),and their hopes & dreams. Along the way,we see the trials & tribulations of trying to make a career out of music in a society that still hasn't quite shaken off the brutal dictatorship of the Taliban (some women still wear Burkah's,possibly out of fear that the Taliban could make a comeback at any given moment),not to mention government sanctioned censorship (we see one female contestant deal with governmental,as well as societal scorn over her choosing to dance during her performance on Afghan Stars,as well as her head scarf being removed and considered exposing too much of her hair---go figure). This is a documentary that will cause rage among some (especially those who are watchdogs for human rights concerns). As this documentary is shot on HD video,rather than film stock,distribution will be somewhat limited to cinemas that are equipped for that format. Spoken in Pashtu & Dari with English subtitles & English. Not rated by the MPAA, it serves up a rude word or two,and some harrowing descriptions of brutal treatment by the Taliban.

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