Touring Afghanistan in the late 1960s to early 1970s
Daniel Parsignault and Mary Lou talk about the major sites around Afghanistan. Viewers see some of Bigelow’s Super-8 film taken in 1968 to 1972. Some footage includes Buzkashi (polo with a headless goat), John Frankenheimer filming The Horseman and a flight through the valley to see the Buddhas of Bamiyan Valley, destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban. Herat minarets and citadel walls, Blue Mosque in Mazar -i- Sharif and Ariana Airlines. RT: 20:05 Taped 11/16/2001.
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow Director: Courtney Bowman
Buzkashi Boys is a unique narrative short film shot entirely on location in Afghanistan, offering a rare glimpse at another side of this war-torn country.
Set against the backdrop of buzkashi, a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat instead of a ball, the film follows two best friends, a street urchin and a blacksmith’s son, who struggle to reconcile dreams with duty as they make their way to manhood.
Buzkashi Boys was produced through the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit foundation formed to tell uniquely Afghan stories while building the capacity of Afghanistan’s fledgling film industry.
To complete the film they need to raise $25,000, so far they only have collected $15,112. So, if you can please donate money on this site to support them. Your donation will go towards paying for color grading, visual effects, mastering the film, and publicity.
Buzkashi is a traditional team game with its origins in the steppes of Central Asia. The game is fierce, with players striking or whipping opponents in an attempt to grab the carcass and take it to their scoring area. The game is played at such holidays as Nowruz celebrations in Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan. [from The Big Picture]