Pop culture has returned to Afghanistan after 30 years of Taliban rule. Though the old-guard elites vehemently oppose it, millions tune in weekly to Tolo TV's jubilantly groovy talent quest Afghan Star. Like its Western models, the show offers non-professionals a chance to compete for a cash prize and record deal. Viewers vote by SMS. Two thousand people auditioned in 2007; three of them were women. Havana Marking's film follows four top contestants as they head towards the last-man-standing finale.
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