• Afghan Star (2009)

Afghan Star

Release Date: June 26th, 2009

DVD Release Date: March 30th, 2010

Not Yet Rated |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.

Director: Havana Marking

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Sacrifice , Tense , 2000s , Rise ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 100
    Jonathan CurielSan Francisco Chronicle

    A remarkable documentary. show more

  • 100
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    One of the most hopeful and heart-rending movies I've seen this year. show more

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