Friday, September 16, 2011

Afghan Star

Afghan Star-  2009, Directed by Havana Marking

He says- Interesting documentary about an American Idol- like tv show that's a sensation with the people of Afghanistan, although it rankles their fundamentalist rulers.  We follow several finalists and learn the risks the female contestants face by flouting tradition, singing, and dancing in public.  Director Marking provides context by showing the modern culture of Afghanistan before the Taliban came to power in the 1980's.   A thoughtful look at the conflict between a modern-thinking young population and its oppressive government.  3 stars

I say-  Really neat documentary, really shows how much the people of Afghanistan hate the Taliban.  This movie would be a great one to show to someone who says "nuke em all, they're all terrorists."  3 stars

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