Buzkashi Boys (2012)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, War Drama  |   Run Time - 28 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Two boys struggle to hold on to their dreams despite difficult circumstances in this drama from director and co-screenwriter Sam French. Rafi (Fawad Mohammadi) and Ahmad (Jawanmard Paiz) are best friends growing up in Kabul and striving to make something of themselves in a nation that's been devastated by war. Ahmad is an orphan who supports himself peddling whatever he can on the streets, while Rafi is the son of a blacksmith who is already feeling the pressure to follow in his father's footsteps. Both boys love the sport of buzkashi, an Afghan variant on soccer played with the body of a goat instead of a ball, and their ambitions to someday take the field and become heroes of the game help support them amidst the chaos and violence that has become a fact of life in Afghanistan. Buzkashi Boys was produced by a coalition of international film professionals to help educate and encourage young moviemakers in Afghanistan; the film went on to receive a 2013 Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject.



boy, dreams, war, youth