Playing Nov. 22 & 23, 2009
Afghan Star
Dir. Havana Marking UK 2009
This mesmerizing documentary explores the controversy that engulfed a popular American Idol type show that aired in Afghanistan, and the effect it had on the lives of the contestants. The show, Afghan Star, hit the airwaves after 30 years of war and Taliban rule, during which music, dance, movies and television were banned. When the show began, it was a courageously daring act on the part of the producers and the performers. So daring in fact, that when a female performer’s headscarf slips during a dance number, she receives death threats and is forced into hiding. Winner of the Directing and Audience awards at this year’s Sundance Festival, the film follows the dramatic stories of four of the contestants over three months, from regional auditions to the finals in Kabul. We end up with a new, and more human, look at this troubled part of the world and a renewed respect for the transformative power of art. (87m)
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