Afghan Star

Afghan Star

DVD - 2010 | Widescreen
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In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age.
Publisher: [New York., N.Y.] : Zeitgeist Films, ©2010
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: 781.6309581 AFG
Characteristics: 1 DVD (88 min.)


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Jan 08, 2018

Wow! What a wonderful video that gives you a good glimpse into the Afghan Culture and people!
We have been so programmed by our Newsmedia and Govts to see Afghanistan as backwards and full of terrorists!
We just do not get much helpful info about the Afghani people and their lives! There is just no balance in the media, esp not about the Middle Eastern countries and the people! In this day and age, the balance ought to be there! We only hear about the Taliban and the terrorist attacks! As if nothing else going on there!
Yet, people there are not Taliban!
They are just as angry at the Taliban and the ludicous restrictions placed on their lives! Taliban live on the outskirts and are not part of their everyday lives, esp not in the cities!
This is a wonderful Documentary about the Afghani people's love of music and singing! The Afghani Star has united people across their differences and given them hope for their future!
It remains a deeply conservative country that looks forward to progress! The people value good education and are earning for more freedoms in their lives after all the war and suffering! Music is an expression of this!
The Afghani people are survivors!
I was surprised to hear so much English spoken among the young! How many of us are that good when learning a second language at school?
Not many long beards in sight either! But you will see stylish haircuts and clothing! Looking 'cool' is a desire in Afghanistan also!
The women are making their mark, too! And two of them made it into the Final rounds, even though the ratio of men to women in this contest is overwhelmingly towards the males!

Here is a Documentary that follows the top contestants into their lives, families, struggles and dreams!
A really worthy, tension-filled, cultural Documentary that humanizes the Middle-Eastern people for us!
We need many more Films, movies and Documentaries like this one! This Director is working on the new one now! :)

Jun 04, 2014

I enjoyed this documentary. I read that the TV program is still being aired in Kabul.

Mar 05, 2011

difficult to watch because of the language and subtitles, but culturally significant

Sep 06, 2010

An eye opening view into Afghanistan through this bizarre TV event... super relevant NOW - everyone who wonders about what is going on "over there" should watch this. Heart breaking but weirdly inspiring.

Aug 02, 2010

NYT critic's pick, described as engrossing and suspenseful.

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