“Buzkashi Boys” is a 2012 short film from Afghanistan, that – with a budget of only about $4,000 – is in the running for an Academy Award at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony.
“The film (…) is part of a new initiative to help get film making off the ground in the war-torn country.” (1)
“‘Buzkashi Boys’, which runs for just 28 minutes, is the first film to be produced by the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit group that aims to train filmmakers in Afghanistan.”
This is the story:
“Rafi is the son of a blacksmith and is expected to carry on the honorable trade. His best friend Ahmad is a fatherless beggar in the streets. Ahmad comes asking if Rafi can go to a game of Buzkashi with him later that day, and Rafi gets a two hour break from his father to watch it. They marvel at the sportsmanship, and Ahmad tells Rafi that someday he is going to be a Buzkashi champion. Rafi doubts him and says that you need a horse to ride Buzkashi.
Later, they go to an abandoned Afghan castle, where Ahmad climbs a rickety ladder and proclaims, “I am Ahmad, son of Abdullah, and I will ride Buzkashi!” Rafi, however, is afraid to climb up, and Ahmad tells him that he will be nothing more than a blacksmith for his whole life. Rafi realizes that it has been long after his two hour limit, and he has to go home. Before that Ahmad gives him a scarf from a Buzkashi rider to make him brave. His father makes him sharpen axe heads and denis him dinner. That night, Rafi’s father remarks that he was Rafi’s age when he first started learning the actual trade instead of just sharpening axe heads.
The next day, Ahmad says that he has something to show Rafi. They go to where a horse is waiting. Ahmad says that now he has a horse and can therefore ride Buzkashi. He jumps onto the horse and begins riding to show Rafi, but the horse throws him off and he dies of injuries in an abandoned yard. Rafi and his father hold a short funeral for him, and then Rafi’s father begins to show Rafi how to hammer. He does not do it correctly, however, and so his father gets angry with him.
Rafi runs away and climbs the ladder in the Afghan palace. He ties the scarf from the Buzkashi rider to a pole and proclaims Ahmad’s name. He then goes back to his father and begins to hammer correctly. His father praises him for his good work.” (2)
For more information about the movie and the trailer please visit its website http://www.buzkashiboys.com