Afghan star [electronic resource] / The Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation in association with Redstart Media / Roast Beef Productions / Aria Productions ; produced and directed by Havana Marking.

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New York, NY : Zeitgeist, 2009.
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1 online resource (93 min.)
Afghan star (Television program)
Popular music -- Afghanistan.
Talent shows -- Afghanistan.
Television programs -- Afghanistan.
In English, Dari and Pashto with English subtitles.
Afghan StarAfter thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to Afghanistan. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American Idol-style series Afghan Star. Like its Western predecessors, contestants compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity or age. And when viewers vote for their favorites via cell phone, it is, for many, their first encounter with the democratic process.This timely and moving film follows the dramatic stories of four young finalists-two men and two very brave women-as they hazard everything to become the nation's favorite performer. By observing the Afghani people's relationship to their pop culture, Afghan Star is the perfect window into a country's tenuous, ongoing struggle for modernity. What Americans consider frivolous entertainment is downright revolutionary in this embattled part of the world.Director of photography PHIL STEBBING Editor ASH JENKINS Executive Producers MARTIN HERRING MIKE LERNER JAHID MOHSENI and SAAD MOHSENI produced by ROAST BEEF PRODUCTIONS KABOORA and REDSTART MEDIA in association with CHANNEL 4 BRITDOC FOUNDATION and MORE4 directed by HAVANA *
Originally released in 2008.
Marking, Havana. , Producer, Director
Russell, Simon. , Composer
Alexander Street Press.
Aria Productions. , Producer
Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation. , Producer
Redstart Media. , Producer
Roast Beef Productions. , Producer
Zeitgeist Films. , Distributor
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