My review of “Afghan Star” after its Sundance premiere, in Standpoint Magazine:
Afghan Star’s première brought the jaded indie filmmakers to their feet in a cheering ovation, and won both the Best Director and Audience Choice awards at the week-long Sundance Festival.
The director, Havana Marking, takes an irreverent look at the collision between feminism and fundamentalism and paints a surprisingly light-hearted portrait of the country that will be the Obama administration’s most serious foreign policy problem.
“Our movie is a revelation, not a revolution,” insists producer Jahid Mohseni, and he’s right. It pulls aside the veil of war to reveal the witty, engaging, sometimes hilarious inner world of Afghan society….”
[for rest of review, see the Standpoint Website for Afghan Star]