LA Shorts Fest


PROGRAM 26
TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 11 - 3:15 PM

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Buzkashi Boys

Drama / Afghanistan / 27 min.

In the old city slums of Kabul, a blacksmith's son and a street urchin dream of a better life against the backdrop of the national sport, Buzkashi. A glimpse of Afghanistan through the eyes of its youngest sons, making their way into manhood in the most war-torn country on Earth.

Director: Sam French
Producer: Ariel Nasr, Martin Roe
Writer: Sam French, Martin Roe
 
Cast: Fawad Mohammadi, Jawanmard Paiz
Damascus Road

Drama / USA / 25 min.

In a dystopian Washington, DC, a shadowy agency recruits a Marine to assist in their human welfare program. His loyalty begins to fade when called to carry out a bizarre order.

Director: Joe Hall
Producer: Grace Hall, Mary Falls
Writer: Joe Hall
 
Cast: Joe Tippett, Ryan Sellers
Mossadegh

Drama / USA / 24 min.

Iran. 1959. It is six years after the CIA orchestrated the coup d’état that overthrew democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power. Now living under house arrest and suffering from a life-threatening condition, Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust a brilliant American physician that is sent to treat him.

Director: Roozbeh Dadvand
Producer: Amber Beard, Marina Pereiro Davis
Writer: Roozbeh Dadvand, Nathaniel C. Leonard
 
Cast: David Diaan, Sam R. Ross
Call Me Ehsaan

Documentary / Afghanistan / 9 min.

Call Me Ehsaan is a haunting look at the US war in Afghanistan through the eyes of Lt. Col. JD Loftis, one of only three US Airforce officers who spoke Pashto. He was killed in February by an Afghan colleague while working at the Ministry of Interior in Kabul.

Director: Micah Garen
Producer: Marie-Helene Carleton, Micah Garen

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