‘Buzkashi Boys’: A Film Review

- September 24, 2012

"'Buzkashi Boys' is worth seeing for its incredible insight into the naivety of children in an impoverish world"

This blog is written on behalf of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and will serve as an honest, unbiased review of a few films that will be screening this year. Hopefully, these reviews will inspire conversation and discussion amongst other viewers and encourage the overall appreciation and dissection of this art we call film.

"Buzkashi Boys" depicts a tender story about coming to terms with reality as a child. Ahmad and Rafi are friends although Rafi’s dad disapproves of Rafi hanging around with a beggar. Both boys are fascinated by the buzkashi riders, men on horseback that fight to cut a goat off a horse in a mix of polo and rugby to establish their honor.

The boys grow up in a tough lifestyle; Ahmad is a beggar without a father and Rafi is his father’s apprentice in his blacksmith shop. Both of them have dreams that are bigger than either of them and seem out of reach. The film explores the dilemma of having a dream for a better life and the crushing reality that sets in when the dreams are harder to achieve that what was initially thought. "Buzkashi Boys" is worth seeing for its incredible insight into the naivety of children in an impoverish world and how hope can still grow even under the most depressing of circumstances.

Selah Kahrmann is a sophomore at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in the Moving Image Arts department. She is focused on screenwriting and has always had a passion for writing, which she hopes to have a career in after graduatation.