AFGHAN STAR: Zooey Deschanel and Bill Murray in a scene from the movie Rock The Kasbah.
AFGHAN STAR: Zooey Deschanel and Bill Murray in a scene from the movie Rock The Kasbah. Photo credit: Kerry Brown

Preview: The film set to Rock the Kasbah

A DOWN-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

This quirky movie was filmed in Morocco and Afghanistan.

The title of the movie is a reference to the song of the same name by the punk band The Clash.

The song tells a fable-like story of a king who bans rock music and is met with defiance by the population; the song's story was influenced by Iran's ban on Western music in 1979.

In 1991, Joe Strummer wept when he received news that "Rock the Casbah" was written on the side of an American bomb that detonated in Iraq.

The song does not appear in the movie because the filmmakers were denied the rights to use it.

This film features a star-studded cast with Bill Murray, Richie Lanz, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel.

Just after the closing credits begin, there is an inset scene running alongside.

It appears to show Bill Murray haggling with a vendor over a decorative elephant and some colored string. The vendor speaks no English, while Murray carries on his side of the negotiation in English only. The transaction seems to have nothing to do with the movie.



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