WSU to co-present documentary 'Afghan Star'
Jan 21, 2010 3:11 PM | Print

Wichita State University's Office of International Education will co-host a special screening of the acclaimed British-Afghan documentary "Afghan Star" with the Wichita Association for the Motion Picture Arts/Tallgrass Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the CAC Theater at the Rhatigan Student Center.

Tickets are $9 general admission ($7 for seniors) with special prices of $5 for WSU faculty/ staff and $2 for college and high school students with ID.

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop culture has returned to Afghanistan. Millions are watching "Afghan Star," a pop idol-style TV series in which people from across the country compete for a cash prize and record deal. Three brave women are among the 2,000 people who audition.

Viewers vote for favorite singers by mobile phone, for many their first encounter with democracy. This timely and inspired film follows the moving stories of four young contestants looking for a new life. But their journeys take a terrifying turn as one young woman dances on stage, threatening her own safety and the future of the show itself.

"Afghan Star" is the feature directorial debut of British director Havana Marking and is a joint production of Afghanistan and the United Kingdom (

The film is being shown at theaters and festivals the world over and was the winner of the Best World Cinema Documentary Director Award and the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, where it had its American premiere in 2009.

It continues to be one of the best reviewed films of the past year, still retaining a rare 100 percent on the "Tomatometer," a compilation of the published film reviews of more than 200 top film critics (, resulting in a Golden Tomato Award. It also was named as Britain's submission to the 2010 Academy Awards competition for Best Foreign Language Film of 2009.

Wichita State University's Office of International Education was established to assist international students at WSU. This also means assisting the university community to understand more about the experience of being an international student and to help them derive educational benefit from the presence of representatives of other cultures.

Founded in 2003 by the late Timothy Gruver, the Tallgrass Film Festival is a program of the Wichita Association for the Motion Picture Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening audiences in America's heartland (

This story has been tagged International. See all RSS feeds here
Created on Jan 21, 2010 3:11 PM; Last modified on Jan 21, 2010 4:22 PM
Temporary office relocations
Wichita State police lend helping hand
WSU makes case for special funding priorities
Revisions made to parking plan
High School Guest Program offering $500 scholarships
Collaboration to benefit WSU students
WSU camps introduce youth to engineering
WSU Foundation welcomes two new leaders
Wichita has 'secret source' of IT talent
WSU School of Nursing benefits from grant
Multi-disciplinary field study
WSU Foundation finishes strong year
WSU director to speak on racial profiling
WSU research uses all types of people
Shuttle system adds new stops
Permits to be required to park on main campus
WSU names new director of AEGD program
WSU reorganizes admin structure
WSU, WuShock logo at IndyCar Series
WSU hosting ACT Prep Workshop
Wichita State welcomes FarmHouse fraternity to campus
WSU grad overcame tragedy to earn her degree
WSU to host forums for returning adults
'Forty Years/Forty Stories' at WSU museum
© 1995-2014 Wichita State University. All rights reserved.
Valid HTML 401