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Afghan Star

Release Date: June 26, 2009 (NY; LA release; July 24)
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Director: Havana Marking
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: ZeitgeistFilms/AfghanStar
Review: Not Available
DVD Review: Not Available
Movie Poster: Not Available
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Plot Summary: In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After 30 years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country — and since 2005, millions are tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular "American Idol"-style series Afghan Star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity or age. Two thousand people audition, including three extremely brave women. And when viewers vote for their favorites via cell phone, it is, for many, their first encounter with the democratic process.

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