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Monday, March 22, 2010

Un-American Idol

This is the preview for a documentary I recently saw, called Afghan Star, about a new, American-Idol-type singing contest in Afghanistan that's being televised in the wake of the Taliban's several-year ban on all music, singing, dancing, and television. No shit. It's insane. This film offers a rare window into a world that significantly affects our lives, in that we have troops there, and it is a terrorist breeding ground (or was, at least; I think they're all going to Pakistan and Yemen, now), and yet is completely alien to us at the same time. Highly recommend (you can watch it on HBO OnDemand now!):

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