The contrast between emerging democracy and Islamic law is the underlying theme of Marking's documentary. Unfortunately its somewhat lost in its 'American Idol' framework with the contest being a key subject when its focus should really be elsewhere. A country where women are second class citizens and death threats are made, and often carried out, for simply uncovering one's head or dancing is not a democracy.
An interesting, straight-forward look at modern cultural change in the Middle East. It does go on a bit too long, and some of the storylines were more interesting than others. But at its strongest moments, it raises some fascinating questions.
Clicked on this film, noncommittally, on it's last day on Mubi, thinking I'd maybe give it 10 minutes to win me over. It managed in one. What a great little film! Nothing special, but perfectly structured & paced, compelling, made w/ empathy, humour, respect... Among other insights, it's humbling to see a people so entitled to cynicism choose joy. (Also to see how much better their lyrics are than ours!) Nicely done.
This was pretty interesting, had no idea people would react so badly to someone dancing. Eye opening. Learnt quite a bit about Afghan society and values, which is something I knew absolutely nothing about before watching.