Afghan star of Oscar-nominated short makes the trip from Kabul to Hollywood

By Daniel S Levine,

One of the feel-good stories to come out of the Academy Awards this year is from the Best Live Action Short category. American director Sam French’s Buzkashi Boy is up for the award, stars two young Afghan boys and was filmed in Kabul two years ago. Fawad Mohammadi, 14 ,starred in the film, and has flown to Hollywood for Sunday’s show, the first time he has ever left Afghanistan.

“I was so happy,” he told The Los Angeles Times when he heard the news about the nomination.

Mohammadi plays a blacksmith’s son and is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps, despite his ambitions. He drew on his own experiences for his performance. Since he was seven, he has been selling maps on Chicken Street in Kabul. He acted with child actor Jawanmard Paiz and his performance was praised around the world.

Prior to his trip to Los Angeles, he spoke to ABC News about who he hopes to meet at the show. “I want to meet Rambo...I also want to meet Angelina Jolie,” he said.

Mohammadi’s trip to the U.S. won’t end on Sunday, though. He’s staying with the film’s Afghan co-producers, who will take him to Washington, D.C. for a screening of the film.

“We're not terrorists,” he told ABC when asked what he hopes people learn about his country. “Afghanistan is a peaceful country. A good country.”

Buzkashi Boys is one of five shorts up for the Oscar for Short Live Action film. The other nominees are Asad, Curfew, Death of a Shadow and Henry.

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