We go from last week’s blog entry and Somalia with the book “Infidel” to this week and Afghanistan with the documentary film “Afghan Star” that will be shown at JMRL’s Central Branch this Thursday – August 11 – at 7 pm. The blurb for this movie: “After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy.”
This is the country that is presented in marvelous books like those that I mentioned in the blog last week: “The Bookseller of Kabul” by Åsneand Seierstad and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. The latter also wrote “The Kite Runner,” a great favorite of mine and a winner of multiple awards: NYT Bestseller, SF Chronicle Best Book of the Year, Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Fiction Pick, American Library Association Notable Book, and American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Award.
The US is very aware of Afghanistan, because of the war we continue to fight there, but it is difficult to know the people that make up this world. Library patrons don’t ask for travel books to Afghanistan or want to study her languages, Pashto or Dari.
So we read, and now we can watch “Afghan Star.” Major issues for Afghanis are religion, tribalism, and treatment of women. How will these play out in this documentary? Will they be apparent? Will there be other themes? Follow this link to read more about “Afghan Star” from the “New York Times:” A Talent-Show Tonic for a War-Weary Land
~ Reluctant Blogger