or


[01/07/11 - 07:49 AM]
"Silencing the Song: An Afghan Fallen Star" Debuts Jan. 26 on HBO2
The documentary will be preceded by an encore presentation of 2010's "Afghan Star."

[via press release from HBO]

SILENCING THE SONG: AN AFGHAN FALLEN STAR, DEBUTING JAN. 26 ON HBO2, REVISITS SETARA, ORIGINALLY SPOTLIGHTED IN THE 2010 HBO DOCUMENTARY "AFGHAN STAR," AS SHE COPES WITH THE AFTERMATH OF CONTROVERSY

Encore Presentation Of "Afghan Star" Precedes Debut Of New Documentary

In the 2010 HBO documentary "Afghan Star," Setara, a young singer, was voted off the "American Idol"-style show of the same name. Caught up in the emotion of the moment, she danced across the stage and her head scarf slipped, revealing her hair. The incident sparked an uproar in post-Taliban Afghanistan, where music, dancing and TV were completely banned just ten years ago, with some traditionalists saying Setara "deserves to be killed."

In the new documentary SILENCING THE SONG: AN AFGHAN FALLEN STAR, "Afghan Star" director Havana Marking revisits Setara as she deals with ever-present threats to her safety and starts a new life as a wife and mother-to-be, while continuing to nurture dreams of becoming a pop-music idol. Debuting WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 (8:00-8:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO2, this intimate portrait will be immediately preceded by an encore presentation of "Afghan Star" at 6:30 p.m.

Other HBO2 playdates for SILENCING THE SONG: AN AFGHAN FALLEN STAR: Jan. 28 (5:15 a.m.) and Feb. 5 (8:00 a.m.) and 22 (8:15 a.m.)

The most notorious character on the country's popular singing competition show "Afghan Star," Setara pushed the boundaries of modesty. Though she enraged traditionalists, Setara was adored by many young people who admired her courage and determination to challenge the restrictions on women's freedom in public.

Six months later, as SILENCING THE SONG picks up her story, Setara has abandoned her musical career for marriage and motherhood, but has not lost her independent spirit. Explaining why she has assumed a traditional Muslim role for women, Setara notes, "When I realized that I wasn't secure, when I realized I was alone, and I didn't have anyone in my life, I thought, �If I get married, then somebody will support me'."

Despite being married, she remains in constant fear for her life. She is unable to leave the house unaccompanied, and her marriage is hidden from her husband's family because they do not want to be associated with someone so controversial. Recalling her lost independence, Setara says, "When you are not married you can do anything you want."

Like many Afghan women, she lacks access to proper health care, and when it becomes clear that all is not right with her pregnancy, Setara worries for her child's life. Weeks before she gives birth, however, Setara's mother - who was one of her strongest supporters during the "Afghan Star" controversy - visits from her hometown of Herat. A religious teacher tells Setara's mother that the baby's health difficulties were caused by a curse from one of her enemies, citing "a magic power" that "locked the baby inside."

After a two-week stay in an emergency children's hospital, newborn baby Mohammed is just strong enough to return home, though he still faces many problems. And despite all of the traumatic events in Setara's life, she still displays a glimmer of her optimistic spirit, hoping some day to share her passion for singing with her son.

Havana Marking's film illustrates the tensions between gender and culture in Afghanistan, underscoring the slow pace of equality for women.

SILENCING THE SONG: AN AFGHAN FALLEN STAR is directed by Havana Marking; camera by Phil Stebbing; editor, Dan Nelson; producers, Mike Lerner and Havana Marking; executive producers, Jahid Mohseni and Martin Herring; music by Simon Russell. For HBO: supervising producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.





  [january 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[02/21/17 - 05:04 PM]
Video: "Marvel's Iron Fist" - "I Am Danny" Featurette
All 13 episodes of "Marvel's Iron Fist" will premiere exclusively on Netflix on March 17.

[02/21/17 - 02:30 PM]
Demi Moore to Join "Empire" in a Recurring Role
Moore will play a take-charge nurse with a mysterious past, who will become ever more treacherously entangled with the Lyon family.

[02/21/17 - 02:02 PM]
VH1's Hit Series "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" Set to Return for Season 6 on Monday, March 6 at 8 PM ET/PT
The series returns for its sixth season with several new additions and returning series vets.

[02/21/17 - 01:16 PM]
Keith Cox Named President, Development and Production of Paramount Network and TV Land
Cox will oversee the strategic development and production of all series for both TV Land and the newly-announced Paramount Network which will feature distinctive, high-quality scripted and non-scripted original programming.

[02/21/17 - 12:50 PM]
NBC Renews Iconic Drama "Days of Our Lives" for 52nd Season
"We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of 'Days of our Lives,'" said Jennifer Salke.

[02/21/17 - 12:33 PM]
Showtime(R) Announces Premiere Date for "Dark Net" Season Two
The series chronicles the ways in which the Internet has pervaded our communities, relationships and minds, and exposes the dangers of an unregulated, unsupervised digital frontier.

[02/21/17 - 11:56 AM]
Live Broadcast of Science Channel's "MythBusters: The Search" Finale on Saturday, February 25 at 9PM ET to Reveal New MythBusters
The finale, featuring host and Nerdist science editor Kyle Hill, will originate from Jersey City's Liberty Science Center.

[02/21/17 - 11:22 AM]
Iwan Rheon Set for Key Role in "Marvel's Inhumans" Series for ABC
In the series, Maximus is a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King - although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.

[02/21/17 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Documentary "Rock and a Hard Place" Will Debut March 27
The film looks at incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp.

[02/21/17 - 10:46 AM]
Hulu Teams with J.J. Abrams, Stephen King and Warner Bros. Television for New Hulu Original Series "Castle Rock," Set in the Stephen King Universe
A teaser trailer for "Castle Rock" has been viewed more than one million times since it was released on Friday.

[02/21/17 - 10:17 AM]
Video: Nickelodeon's "The Fairly Odd Phantom" Animated Short Features Butch Hartman's Characters All Together for First Time
The original animated short features an ensemble cast of characters from the Nickelodeon animated series created by Butch Hartman: "The Fairly OddParents," "Danny Phantom," "T.U.F.F Puppy" and the brand-new "Bunsen is a Beast."

[02/21/17 - 10:15 AM]
"The Mick" Renewed for a Second Season on FOX
"From the earliest stages of development, all of us at FOX had enormous faith in 'The Mick,' and it hasn't disappointed," said David Madden.

[02/21/17 - 10:13 AM]
"Jerrod Carmichael: 8," Featuring the Comedy Star in His Second HBO Special, Debuts March 11
Taped in December before a live audience at historic Masonic Hall in New York City, the show features his subversive, thought-provoking take on cultural norms.

[02/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
"Cries from Syria," An Unforgettable Account of the Five-Year Syrian Civil War from the Inside, Debuts March 13 on HBO
This harrowing film tells the story of a people who, despite great suffering, have never lost hope for a better tomorrow.

[02/21/17 - 09:57 AM]
WGN America Presents "Breaking Free," A Documentary Special On The Underground Railroad Ahead of the Season Two Premiere of Its Critically Acclaimed Scripted Series "Underground" Premiering March 8
Viewers will get a chance to see the making of "Underground" season two and hear from cast, crew and civil rights leaders on why this story deserves to be told today.