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Afghan Star

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Synopsis

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop culture has returned to Afghanistan. Millions are watching Afghan Star - a Pop Idol-style TV series in which people from across the country compete for a cash prize and record deal. 2000 people audition, including three brave women. The viewers vote for their favorite singers by mobile phone and for many this is their first encounter with democracy.

This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four young contestants as they compete for the star title. Through them we explore issues or gender, religion, ethnic equality, freedom of speech, economic stability and the mighty power of TV itself. But it takes a terrifying turn as one young woman dances on stage, threatening her safety, her family and the future of the show itself. In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing.
 

Details

Year
2009
Type of film
Features
Running Time
87 mins
Format
HDV
Director
Havana Marking 1st Feature
Producer
Mike Lerner, Martin Herring, Jahid Mohseni, Saad Mohseni
Co-Producer
Mike Lerner, Martin Herring, Jahid Mohseni, Saad Mohseni
Editor
Ash Jenkins
Screenwriter
n/a
Director of Photography
Phil Stebbing
Production Designer
n/a
Sound
Phil Stebbing
Music
Various and Simon Russell

Production Company

Roast Beef Productions
142 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0LB
UK

T +44 (0)20 7240 2885
F +44 (0)20 7240 2886

mike@roastbeeftv.com
http://www.afghanstardocumentary.com

Co-Producers:
Redstart Media

T +44 (0)7970 113694

info@redstart-media.com

Aria Productions

T +971 (0) 50709 6895

Jahid.Mohseni@mobycapital.com

Sales
Company

Niki Page at C4i
21-25 St Anne's Court
London, W1F 0BJ
UK

T +44 (0)20 7494 5790
F +44 (0)20 7494 5802

nikipage@c4i.co.uk
http://www.c4i.tv