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Afghan Star Reviews

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½ May 27, 2015
Much more than "American Idol in Afghanistan," Afghan Star captures a moment in Afghan history when music speaks directly to power, fraternity transcends ethnicity, and a woman's televised dancing is an act of defiance.
March 22, 2015
I forgot this movie was about Afghanistan on several occasions.
½ March 9, 2014
Very interesting film. You are, at first saddened by the fact that these so-called tallent compentitions that are ruining the music industry across the globe has even reached Afghanistan but then lifted by the fact that it is some light relief for a troubled nation but then bought back down to earth with a bump when you see the reactions of some people/groups. I just hope that Simon Cowell isn't making any money out of this.
January 5, 2014
seperti yang dkatakan salah satu anak kecil di awal cerita, musik bukan melulu tentang keindahan suara saja, karena bagaimanapun dunia tanpa suara (dalam hal ini musik tentu saja) menjadi begitu mencekam. yang ada hanya kesunyan.
Ketika Taliban mengambil alih pemerintahan Afghanistan, salah satu dari sekian banyka larangan adalah musik pop, menurut mereka mampu merusak dan mempengaruhi nilai moral yang berlaku di dalam masyarakat.
Musik bukanlah hanya tentang suara saja, dan di Afghanistan, setelah melalui begitu banyak penderitaan, musik adalah salahsatu cara mengalihkan genggaman tangan. Dari yang sebelumya menggenggam senjata, beralih menggenggam microphone. Bukan untuk meneriakkan dogma-dogma di sepanjang jalan, akan tetapi untuk mengisi kesunyian Afghanistan.
½ October 18, 2013
There is no reason that anyone who saw this would give it a good rating. It is absolute pandering garbage, not to mention being poorly done and resulting in the death of some of it's actors. The fact that critics have given this positive reviews should bring to question their credentials.
September 25, 2013
Afghan Star takes an original viewpoint in portraying the contrasts in culture. With her film, in fact, Havana Marking shows the various social and political implications that come with a TV format that on the Western side of the boarder is regarded as tasteless and commercialised which it has on a violence and poverty ridden society like Afghanistan. Insightful and intriguing all throughout, this documentary also works as a piece of upbeat entertainment.
½ September 14, 2013
funny and sad in the same time
September 8, 2013
Excellent, informative, culturally eye-opening, moving and beautifully put together, this is what the documentary genre was created for.
August 22, 2013
An enlightening and sobering documentary on Afghanistan's very own "American Idol."
½ August 2, 2013
A very interesting documentary about reality TV (singing competition) in Afghanistan after the Taliban was removed from power. Lots of them wanted to sing too. And of course, win the coveted the title of being the Afghan star.
Super Reviewer
July 5, 2013
Far better than the original American or Pop Idol, Afghan Star depicts people erupting after having their collective expressions put under the boot of the Taliban. The idols are unique and terribly fun to watch.
½ May 8, 2013
Interesting look at the Afghanistan version of American Idol.
February 22, 2013
An enlightening and sobering documentary on Afghanistan's very own X-Factor.
½ December 29, 2012
i guess singing is cute
August 31, 2012
This documentary is really good. Director, Havana Marking, does a great job introducing us to the various contestants, and she really builds the right amount of suspense as the competition progresses. We get to know the singers a little. We rejoice with them when they advance to another round, and we cry with them when they're eliminated. This show was very interesting, because it was one of the first new programs to pop up once the Taliban's decades long ban on singing and music was finally lifted.
July 15, 2012
Impressive and disturbing - makes you ponder at a black screen for quite a while after.
½ July 8, 2012
Hope for Afghanistan.
½ April 14, 2012
excellent film, a familiar subject in a very very different cultural setting
½ April 8, 2012
It was the worst documentary ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
February 24, 2012
A fascinating immersion into the diverse culture of Afghanistan through the show Afghan Star.
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