The Oscars: Local Fundraiser Supports Stars of Film from Far Away Land

The Oscars are a time for celebrating the year’s finest films, by rewarding those involved in making them with recognition on a nationally televised stage.

Across the country, viewers organize Oscar parties to watch the night of awards unfold with friends and family, and celebrate the art of film.

One film that may go unnoticed at this year’s awards ceremony, is a foreign short film called “The Buzkashi Boys,” which has been nominated for “Best Live Action Short Film.”

It stars two real boys in their homeland of Afghanistan, who aspire to become champions in the national sport of Buzkashi, which is kind of like polo, but instead of a ball, participants play with a goat carcass.

The film was shot on-location in Kabul by an alliance of Afghan and international filmmakers, and follows the two boys – one a street urchin, the other the son of a blacksmith – as they pursue their dream in the war torn country of Afghanistan.

Supporters of the film are hosting an Oscars viewing party locally to raise money for a scholarship fund for the young stars of the film.

The fundraiser for Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz, hosted by, is being held Sunday, Feb. 24 at Local 16, located at 1602 U Street NW, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission is free, but guests are urged to make donations, which are tax deductable.

For more information on how to donate, click here.

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Fundraiser for the real-life "Buzkashi Boys" being held at Local 16 on U Street from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the Oscars. (Credit: Afghan Film Project)

Fundraiser for the real-life “Buzkashi Boys” being held at Local 16 on U Street from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the Oscars. (Credit: Afghan Film Project)


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