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1 hr. 28 min.

Plot Summary
Director Havana Marking dives into the booming, but still young and growing, world of pop culture in Afghanistan. Newly liberated after more than 30 years of stifling Taliban rule, the country is taken with a fervor for expression. This documentary follows four contestants, including two women, as they audition, sing and compete in a countrywide "American Idol"-type competition called "Pop Idol." Marking uncovers a wonderfully vibrant community, which is also surprisingly accepting.

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Director: Havana Marking

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Zeitgeist

Afghan Star (2009)

Release Date: June 26th, 2009|1 hr. 28 min.

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  • 100
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    A remarkable documentary. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Fascinating and, when you see Afghan versions of Simon Cowell and Co. reacting to tryouts, a reminder of how fame and the thirst for it is the same in any language. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Wholly one-third of the country, some 11 million people, watched the finale. Marking's film is too astute to pretend that such fleeting things can bring about peaceful democracy, but it's also perfectly aware that they certainly can't hurt. show more

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