(MSNBC ) Mohammadi, discovered on the streets of Kabul, acted for the first and only time in his life. For his efforts, he was paid $1,500 -- a small fortune by Afghan standards.
Tears of Joy as Afghan Teen Learns of Oscar Nod
JANUARY 12, 2013Kiko Itasaka, Producer, NBC News
The teenager, who sells chewing gum and maps from the curbside in Kabul, was an actor in "Buzkashi Boys," a film nominated Thursday for an Oscar. American director Sam Fench called Mohammadi to share congratulations -- and promised to take him to Los Angeles, where the low-budget film is shortlisted in the best live action short film category.Read more: MSNBC