HBO acquires 'Afghan Star'

Picks up rights to Marking's Sundance award winner

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. TV rights to "Afghan Star," the two-time 2009 Sundance award-winning film directed by Havana Marking.

The documentary, currently in theatrical release through Zeitgeist Films, is slated to premiere on HBO in early 2010.

The film, winner of the directing and audience awards in Sundance's 2009 World Cinema Documentary competition, follows the dramatic stories of four young finalists – two men and two women – as they risk everything to win "Afghan Star," a popular "American Idol"-style TV series in Afghanistan, where television and pop culture are slowly taking root after decades of Taliban rule.

"Afghan Star" is a Roast Beef, Redstart Media, Kaboora production. Martin Herring, Mike Lerner, Jahid Mohseni and Saad Mohseni are exec producing.