Afghan Star is a new documentary film which shares insights into the politix of new and popular music in Afganistan. An important film in that it highlights, painfully at times the harsh reality of life on our precious planet. Music is dear to us here at Sangita Sounds and we see music as the only way for Harmony to unite the people of our Earth. This award winning documentary shares views of this beautiful rich Culture and the music of it’s people. The paradoxical elements that co-exist in this documentary of apparent western imperialism and traditional religious elements make for compelling viewing.
As one young up and coming Afghani man in media and TV production says, “I want to move people from the Gun to Music. I want that Dark thinking made Brighter”.
After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop culture has returned to Afghanistan. Millions are watching Afghan Star – a Pop Idol-style TV series in which people from across the country compete for a cash prize and record deal. 2000 people audition, including three brave women. The viewers vote for their favorite singers by mobile phone and for many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely and inspired film follows the moving stories of four young contestants looking for a new life. But their journeys take a terrifying turn as one young woman dances on stage, threatening her own safety and the future of the show itself. In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing.
Official Website : http://www.afghanstardocumentary.com
Watch the entire Documentary on 4oD : Afghan Star (warning : you will have to wade through Channel 4′s bloated ads to get to the actual film)