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Oscar dreams for young Afghan actors

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 - 01:15

Feb 12 - An Afghan boy sells maps to earn a living in Kabul but has dreams of walking up the red carpet in America after the film he stars in, ''Buzkashi Boys'', receives an Oscar nomination. Bob Mezan reports.

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It was while walking through the Afghan capital selling maps that young Fawad Mohammadi was spotted and asked to appear in a movie. That movie - "Buzkashi Boys" - has now picked up an Oscar nomination in the Best Live Action Short Film category and could mean a trip to the red carpet for Mohammadi and his costars. (SOUNDBITE) Fawad Mohammadi saying (Dari): "Initially my dream was to become a pilot so I am not giving up that ambition. I wanted to be a pilot but now I find myself as an actor. I am studying hard at my lessons to become a pilot as well as a good actor in the future." Mohammadi gained international attention following the film's release last year for his personal story: a fatherless youth who grew up selling maps of Kabul to tourists. He said the Oscar nomination has given him a new confidence. (SOUNDBITE) Fawad Mohammadi saying (Dari): "After my movie was nominated for an Oscar I became more confident in myself that my dreams are about to become a reality." An online campaign has been established to fund Mohammadi's trip to L.A. - meaing that the young boy will likely be rubbing shoulders with Hollywood's elite on February 24.

Oscar dreams for young Afghan actors

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 - 01:15

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