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“A gripping thriller, as well as a film you can watch on so many different levels - from human to political to educational,” says UK film-maker Havana Marking of her debut feature documentary Afghan Star, screening in the world documentary section at Sundance. It is not a typical description of a documentary about a reality TV talent show - except when the show in question is Afghanistan’s equivalent of Pop Idol, and the contestants were risking their lives to take part.

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