Skip to main content

Afghan Star!!

Afghan Star is a documentary that follows four individuals who have made it into the top ten finals of the show under the same name, "Afghan Star". As the name would suggest, the movie takes place in Afghanistan, a country that we don't regularly associate with glitz and glamour as much as we do war and strife. The show is basically Afghanistan's version of "American Idol" here in America. The movie shows us some of the hardships that the contestants have to overcome in order to chase their dreams. But their dreams don't seem much to be rooted in fame. Rather, it's that opportunity to express themselves through an artistic manner that seems most important; a facet that is rare in their culture.

This was a powerful movie for me mostly because of my naivety in that I've never thought of the Afghan people in this way. We see and hear about Afghanistan in the news all the time and because of the news, I feel I've been manipulated to think that Afghanistan is a place that's war torn, beaten up and devoid of any joy. In the middle of this blanket image, I've forgotten that there are civilians that live there and feel the same kinds of things that I do... happiness, joy and hope.

For many of the young people living in Afghanistan, this TV show was their first experience with democracy. We're told about the different regions within Afghanistan and how there is so much tension within their own walls, but that "Afghan Star" was a way to bring the country together. We see contestants when they are voted off, they hug each other and even though their home regions are at odds, they still respect each other; a great symbolic gesture of unity. Something really interesting with each contestant is how there are campaigns behind them, spreading the word to the public on who they should vote for. We're shown some of the campaign leaders and their activities where in the US, it would be more akin to the campaign for a political party.

Another fascinating aspect of the movie was the depiction of women in a non-egalitarian culture. As much controversy that the male contestants have to go through, it's probably the female contestants that must overcome the most adversities. Two of the four singers that we follow are women but both have very different values. One woman, Lema, is more conservative in her values and sings within the rules established by her religious community. The second woman, Setara, is slightly more liberal with her values. When she is finally voted off from the show, for her farewell performance, she performed a dance before she sang. This was condemned by her culture causing her and her family to receive death threats. Her dance became such an outrage in the country that one of the cabinet ministers in their government had to make a public speech, (broadcasted nationwide) to condemn such acts as a threat against their culture and religion.

Like I said, a powerful movie. There's so much more in it that I could get into but its truly an experience you must see for yourself. Big thumbs up, if only for the dialogue that such a movie can create. Later geeks!


Comments

Beka said…
Wow. I saw a bit of a special done on this before. I didn't know there was a documentary like this though, I want to see! Add to the list? :)
Unknown said…

Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article! It's the little changes which will make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing! google mail sign in

Popular posts from this blog

Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!!!!!!!!

(Warning: Spoilers Ahead)
Star Wars!!!!  After a 10 year gap we finally receive a new entry into the now Disney owned Star Wars franchise!  So it is apt that the new entry is called the Force Awakens.
The movie starts off 30 years from where the Return of the Jedi last left us.  The Empire has fallen and the Rebels have seemingly disbanded.  But from the ashes of the past, a new threat has risen.  Out of the fallen Empire, a new army called the First Order has spawned, threatening to finish off what the Empire set out to do –  eliminate the force by terminating the last known Jedi, Luke Skywalker.  But as the Empire has evolved so have the Rebels.  Led by General Leia Organa, the Resistance (or the new Rebels) aims to find Luke first, to stop the First Order.
We are told this story through two new main characters.  Rey, who is a scavenger on the planet Jakku, who harvests scrap metals to earn a meal.  Finn, a turncoat stormtrooper who realizes his purpose could be something more than j…

About The Lam

Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand.…

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3!!!!!!!!!!!! (PS4)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is Activision’s latest entry into the bestselling Call of Duty franchise.  Developed by Treyarch Studios, the Black Ops subseries of Call of Duty games has been considered by many as the best of the COD games.  Whereas Black Ops 1 and 2 were direct sequels, BO3 seems only to be a spiritual sequel to its predecessors.  There is no direct or clear continuation of story from the previous entries.  Rather it takes the ideas of mind control and manipulation, and spins off its own story.
It’s a futuristic world, where humans are infused with technology (much like Robocop!) and fight alongside and against robots.  This time around, you assume the role of an unnamed soldier, who together with your partner Hendricks and a CIA agent named Rachel Kane, track down a former Black Ops commander named John Taylor as he and his former squad appears to have gone rogue destroying CIA sites around the world.  The story will take you to Singapore, Egypt and even wackier, you’ll …