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” is an Oscar-nominated narrative film about two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith's son, who strive to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth.
Shot entirely on location in Kabul by an alliance of Afghan and international filmmakers, “Buzkashi Boys” is a heart-rending look at the life that continues beyond the headlines of war in Afghanistan.
"That quality of endurance shines brightly in this year's strongest nominee, the Afghanistan drama "Buzkashi Boys”.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun Times
"Stop what you're doing, and brace your heartstrings—they're in for quite a pulling.”
Gina Serpe - E! Online
“It gets my vote; it won my heart.”
Betsy Sharkey, LA Times
"The films photography is absolutely stunning. Every shot, every sweep, every picture captured on film is extraordinary. There is not a single second of this film that isn't gorgeous to look at. Within the thirty-one minutes this short plays for, you fall in love with these two boys. The emotional depth created with the script is fantastic."
“A searing and powerful film”
-Mike Ward, Should I See It?
"Buzkashi Boys starts gentle and squeezes your heart more and more fiercely...I think Buzkashi Boys is the best film in the group.”
Alan Pyke, Brightest Young Things
“Buzkashi Boys” ends and all you want to say is “wow.” The film captures a culture rarely seen..."
-Heartland Film Festival