A fascinating look at Afghanistan's continuing culture wars. The U.S. liberated Afghanis from Taliban oppression in 2001. So what does the country need next? Well, I wouldn't have answered "An 'American Idol'-style singing competition", but that is exactly what "Afghan Star" depicts. And the Afghani people are up for it! They love the new feeling of democracy they experience while voting for their favorite singers. The filmmakers do a great job depicting the cultural norms and expectations on the contestants. Their work "pulls back the veil", providing an unfettered view into a culture that so few outsiders understand.