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After the people of Afghanistan voted to lift restrictions on public singing and dancing in 2004, the independent Tolo TV channel, inevitably perhaps, launched a native version of Britain's Got Talent and American Idol, called Afghan Star. This fascinating documentary by Havana Marking traces the program's third season from open auditions in Kandahar, which drew some 2,000 hopefuls, through the final episode, which was watched by 11 million Afghans. In a country still dominated by Islamic fundamentalism and marked by ethnic tensions, the show became a lightning rod: the 22-year-old Setara, one of two female singers to appear, was forced into hiding after she spontaneously let her head scarf drop during a number, and the last three contestants became causes for their respective factions. 82 min.


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Official Site: www.afghanstardocumentary.com
Director: Havana Marking
Writer: Greg Mottola
Producer: Havana Marking

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