Afghan Star

Synopsis: "Afghan Star" is a TV show modeled on the UK's "Pop Idol." We join the 2008 contest when it's down to nine contestants, and we focus on two women, Setara and Lema, and two men, Hameed and Rafi. We watch the two women in particular: Satara sings with emotion and includes dance in her final performance, an action that puts her life in danger; Lema is traditional, but her very appearance brings death threats. The three finalists are from different tribes, and each makes a plea for Afghan unity. The camera visits families watching the competition, there are comments from people in the street, and we return home with a nervous Setara. In Afghanistan, singing is an expression of freedom.
Director(s): Havana Marking
Production: Zeitgeist Films
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

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My heart.

Is searching for love.

My heart.

Is feeling the mountains oflove.

My heart understands the world.

My heart understands

the strong and the weak.

You have more love for people.

My heart, don't cry.

My heart, don't cry.

Because of good and bad people.

My heart is full oflove and loving.

When I listen to music...

I feel...

I feel really happy.

Someone can listen to music.

...and his good mood will return.

His sadness will disappear.

If there was no music,

humans would be sad.

There would be nothing.

So what do you say about this?

If there was no singing...

...then the world would be silent.

They are the same words.

We're late to watch Afghan Star.

We're going to watch Afghan Star.

We're late.

We're running late.

We must go watch Afghan Star.

A big cheer for your new music stars!

Welcome to this round of Afghan Star.

With this program we can

give the feeling of peace.

Our aim is to take people's hands

from weapons to music.

These are the forms of the contestants

from all over Afghanistan.

There are more than 2000 people

in the competition.

...and even three women are taking part.

So that's a great success

for the program.

The first one ready for the test. our dear sister.

From today the public can vote

for their favorite contestant.

Poor people, rich people,

women and men, everyone.

It's a new idea and

the Afghan people like it.

Who are you voting for?

Don't let them in

without their tickets.

I'm telling you to get out.

When you plug this one in. doesn't work anymore.

It's like a fuse.

Five, four...

...three, two, one.

Welcome, everyone watching Tolo TV...

...especially to you fans of Afghan Star.

Tell me, who do you support?

Right now for you.

Rafi Naabzada

will sing his song.

No one among these revellers.

Knows what is going on in me.

No one among these revellers.

Knows what is going on in me.

I'm sad in my heart.

But there's a smile on my lips.

I want to be famous and happy. I can sing for my people.

Our people are war-torn.

They are tired of fighting,

weapons and guns.

People want reconstruction... they can reach

a new Afghanistan.

Now Lema Sahar will sing for you.

Come my love slowly on the roof.

I have a tattoo on my chin.

It is late afternoon.

Singing is not a bad thing...

...but it's not in religion.

If you look at religion,

music is not there.

It is banned by religion.

But why should we hide it?

If I do not sing,

what else can I do?

Singing is in my tradition.

I just close my eyes

and pass through it.

My love is a Hindu.

But I am a Muslim.

Because of my love

I sweep the temple.

Black magic man

bring your holy water.

And make a spell for me.

I really love pop music...

...but when I was a child...

I loved classical music

and wanted to study it.

Maybe I will make my name

in classical music.

But an artist has

to follow the people.

If the people want pop,

I have to give them pop.

The bend.

The bend of your eyebrows

is like the sting of the scorpion.

What can I do?

They belong to someone else.

The bend of your eyebrows

is like the sting of the scorpion.

What can I do?

They belong to someone else.

Because I am an artist I believe.

...there is no difference

between a woman and a man.

I am open-minded.

Now there is victory in Afghanistan.

I have no fear.

I just want to be a famous singer.

Cheer for the top 10 Afghan Stars!

Rafi Naabzada step forward.

Lema Sahar.

Hameed Sakhizada.

You are all successful in this round.


Today... this show... have made it through.

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