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13th Green Mountain Film Festival: Afghan Star

Fri Mar 26th, 2010 7pm-9pm
Montpelier City Hall Arts Center
Venue: Montpelier City Hall Arts Center
39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 (Map) (Set as Local)
13th Green Mountain Film Festival: <i>Afghan Star</i> Montpelier Vermont


After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop culture has returned to Afghanistan-and since 2005, millions are tuning in to a wildly popular TV talent show. Winner of the Directing and Audience awards in Sundance's 2009 World Documentary competition, Havana Marking's timely and moving film follows the dramatic stories of four young finalists-two men and two women-as they hazard everything to become the nation's favorite performer. Afghan Star is the perfect window into a country's tenuous, ongoing struggle for modernity; what Americans might consider frivolous entertainment is downright revolutionary in this troubled part of the world. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: "This eye-opening film reveals that even systems as dubious as the Idol format mean dramatically different things when transferred to radically dissimilar cultures." Sponsored by Johnson State College. Community Partner: Peace and Justice Center. 87 minutes, in Pashto and Dari with subtitles, and English.
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