After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Afghan Pop Idol is taking the nation by storm. But this is more than just a TV show... In Afghanistan you risk your life to song.
After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation’s favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?
- "A sobering reminder of how much we take for granted" Time Out –
- "A shrewd and entertaining guide to this popular phenomenon" – The Guardian
- Financial Times –
- "A fascinating film about the Afghani version of Pop Idol" – The Independent
- "Sobering and cautiously optimistic, Havana Marking’s documentary is a treat. " – Sky Movies