Monday, January 26, 2009

Sundance Films: Afghan Star

Title: Afghan Star
Director: Havana Marking
Potential Major Release Date: No release date announced beyond Sundance

Summary: 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?

Thoughts: A great idea for a documentary but after reading the synopsis and watching the trailer online, I'm a bit skeptical. Don't get me wrong, the story looks like one that should have been covered by several filmmakers (it's that good), but because there are a few very compelling storylines that could be followed I wonder if Director Havana Marking has bit off more than she can chew. But then again, my fears have generally been squashed by great storylines and this could easily fit the mold. So head over the film's website and check it out for yourself.

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