Tears of Joy: The Moment an Afghan Teen Learned of Oscar Nomination

Tears of Joy: The Moment an Afghan Teen Learned of Oscar Nomination

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Afghan boy Oscar nodIt is a long way from the grimy, poverty-stricken streets of Afghanistan to the red carpets of Hollywood — but 14-year-old Fawad Mohammadi is on his way.

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.

In a city normally associated with misery, there were tears of joy as Mohammadi learned of the nomination at a small Kabul Internet cafe.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story from NBC News)

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