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Iranian documentarian focuses on emerging Afghan hip-hop band
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Iranian filmmaker Majid Movasseqi (L) directs a member of an Afghan hip-hop band in a scene from his documentary.
Iranian filmmaker Majid Movasseqi (L) directs a member of an Afghan hip-hop band in a scene from his documentary.
TEHRAN -- Iranian filmmaker Majid Movasseqi recently completed shooting a documentary about an emerging quartet of young rappers in Kabul.
 
During his visit to Kabul in early July, he stumbled upon the band as they were rehearsing to perform on Afghan Star, a pirated version of the British TV music competition Pop Idol, Movasseqi told the Tehran Times on Monday.
 
They asked Movesseiqi not to reveal the English name they tentatively have selected for their band.
 
“All members of the band were raised in Iran,” he said.
 
“They are children of Afghan emigrants in Iran. Despite all the problems the Taliban created in Afghanistan, they have now returned to their homeland to start a career in music,” he added.
 
“They reflect their problems in their songs,” he stated.
 
According to Movasseqi, a number of Iranian musicians provided invaluable help to the members of the band.
 
The shooting of the documentary, which is still untitled, was completed with the help of Afghan cinematographer Mohammad Javid and lyricist Morteza Javid.
 
He was in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif from June 24 until July 1 to hold workshops on filmmaking and movie analysis by invitation of the Social Association of Afghan Journalists in North of Afghanistan (SAJNA).
 
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