Afghan Star

Dir: Havana Marking
87mins   2009   UK   no rating   Pashto   

An insightful look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show.

'The movie uses the talent show “Afghan Star” as a prism through which to examine the fragmented tribal culture of Afghanistan as reflected in the backgrounds of four finalists (two of them women) and the public responses to their performances.' Stephen Holden

This film is introduced by Wilma De Jong, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex in a half hour lecture that includes clips of a variety of related films. It can be booked as a one off event or as part of the course Documenting Reality: Documentary in a new Light



Thu 29 March