Panel With Stars and Producer of Oscar-Nominated Afghan Short Film "Buzkashi Boys"

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 26, 2013

The U.S. Department of State will host a screening and roundtable discussion with the producer and stars of the Oscar-nominated short film Buzkashi Boys on February 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Marshall Center Auditorium.

The making of Buzkashi Boys was supported through a grant from U.S. Embassy Kabul to the Afghan Film Project. The goal of this project is to help revitalize the Afghan film industry, which was once a vibrant part of Afghanistan’s cultural life.

During the filming of Buzkashi Boys thirteen Afghan interns were trained in all aspects of film production. Afghan media organizations, which until recently were forced to rely on foreign expertise, will benefit from this training for years to come. Almost all of the trainees continue to work in the local media or television industry. Some are making their own films, strengthening national identity by telling their own stories.

This event will be open for press coverage.

Pre-set time for cameras: 11:45 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for writers and still photographers: 12:15 p.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Meg Young, Press Officer, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at or 202-647-3532.

PRN: 2013/0216