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Buzkashi Boys (2012)

| Short, Drama | 2012 (USA)
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Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - Buzkashi Boys tells the coming of ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam French

Writers:

Sam French, Martin Desmond Roe (as Martin Roe)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Fawad Mohammadi Fawad Mohammadi ... Rafi
Jawanmard Paiz Jawanmard Paiz ... Ahmad
Wali Talash Wali Talash ... Blacksmith
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Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - Buzkashi Boys tells the coming of age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith's son, who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth. Shot on location in Kabul city by an alliance of Afghan and international film makers, Buzkashi Boys is a look at the life that continues beyond the headlines of war in Afghanistan. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama

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Country:

Afghanistan | USA

Language:

Dari

Release Date:

2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesaran-e-Buzkashi See more »

Filming Locations:

Kabul, Afghanistan See more »

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Dirty Robber See more »
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The entire movie was filmed on location in Kabul, Afghanistan See more »

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Featured in The Oscars (2013) See more »

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The kids are amazing actors in this one...
3 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I just got back from seeing the five Oscar-nominated live action shorts and was pleasantly surprised. After seeing a mediocre batch of animated shorts yesterday, I was so happy to see that the live action films are among the very best I've ever seen nominated.

This is the story of two boys--Rafi and Ahmad. Ahmad is an orphan and wanders the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Rafi is the son of a grouchy blacksmith. Both boys like to spend time together but Rafi's father often warns him to avoid the homeless boy. Both boys have dreams of growing up to become Buzkashi players--an odd game played on horseback where players rising horses try to drag a goat carcass to a circle while the other players try to stop him. Where this story goes ends up being very tragic and touching, but also vaguely unsatisfying simply because the other nominees are so strong. The film's strengths are its amazing location shooting (it's like a different planet), AMAZING child actors and nice cinematography. But, as I said, when the film ended I was left a bit flat. But, the filmmakers show amazing talent and I look forward to more of their work.


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