Oscar is a dream of every actor from whatever country they belong, they just want to have it once in life. Hollywood is a fantasy, which every performer either from Bollywood or Hollywood wants to be a part of The teenage stars of an Oscar-nominated short movie from Afghanistan arrived in Hollywood on Wednesday for the Oscar Awards after an Internet campaign elevated sufficient money to pay for their trip.
Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz “Buzkashi Boys” stars will walk the red carpet and pat shoulders with Hollywood’s leading celebrities at the Dolby Movie theater in LA on Sunday night.
The movie focuses on 2 youngsters growing up in Kabul who fantasize about turning into Buzkashi riders, horsemen who participate in the dangerous Afghan national sport similar to polo wherein riders make sure to hold a headless goat across a target line.
The film garnered U.S. movie director Sam French an Oscar nomination for Best quality Live Action Short Film. Their producers launched the campaign because, they claimed, they lacked a travelling budget for the 14-year-old actors.
Mohammadi told Reuters that he is so excited and even can’t explain his feeling, he was saying this at Los Angeles Airport after having more than 18 hours flight from the Afghan capital.
They collected $11,751 while their target was $10,000, money sent by 273 people from different countries including Germany, India, Afghanistan and United States, said by fundraising website. Tickets were gifted by Turki.
Muhammadi international fame before the release of film last year with his story. He was a fatherless kid who grew up selling map to the tourists in a market near Chicken’s street. Both teens told the media that they want to see all actors in Hollywood and they plan to visit Disneyland, Universal studios and amusement parks.
Muhammad also said that he wanted to meet Rambo, Sylvester Stallone especially as he is his favorite actor and it will be a dream come true after meeting him. One of the teens in this film is an ordinary street kid while the other’s father is a blacksmith who forced him to do labor in his workshop where he sharpens the ax. Producer of the movie French said we want to make this trip ethnically relevant for them.
French said that because they are not talking about war and bullets or bombs this is a huge step. He also reported that the main reason of this film is to show the world that these teens are like any normal kids the world over.
Paiz and Muhammadi will now go to Washington where film screening will held on 27 February and their journey will end on 1 March in Kabul “Buzkashi Boys,” which is a just 28 minutes short film, is the very first film which is produced by Afghani Film Project, a non-profit grouping that aims to guide filmmakers in Afghanistan.