Thursday, September 10, 2009

Afghan Star

Afghanistan's very own Idol has taken the whole nation by storm. Afghan Star, a local franchise of American Idol (but due to the region's religious prohibitions, the Idol was replaced with Star) sets new democratic horizons for its hopeful people. In this part of Middle East where women are restrained from singing, joining a reality show like Afghan Star is not a mere competition for prize, but a dignitary fight for joy, life and freedom.

Documented for film, the movie aims to transcend the double standards of the Islamic stereotypes of Afghanistan. Moreover, Oprah Winfrey featured the documentary in one of her episodes and said that one of the most compelling scenes from the movie was the elimination of a female contestant who valiantly unveiled her face and danced onstage. The brave Muslim ultimately received death threats right after.

"After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series 'Afghan Star' and voting their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their 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?"

Freedom for all!

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