Afghan Star

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 vote for their favourite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation’s favourite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in the vulnerable and traditional nation?

“One of the most hopeful and heart-rending movies I’ve seen this year”