Afghan teens goes to the Oscars

LOS ANGELES - From ABC News

From poverty in Afghanistan to the lavish life in LA, that's the ride one teenager is on. He starred in an Oscar-nominated film and will now go to the awards show in Hollywood.

Fawad Mohammedi has spent the last seven years hustling on the streets of Kabul, selling magazines to help support his family, then two years ago he met an American filmmaker.

Mohammedi was given the lead role in a film about a blacksmith's son who wants to play Afghanistan's national sport, Buzhaski.

The US Embassy in Afghanistan offered to pay for Mohammedi and his family to fly first-class to LA so they could attend the Oscars.

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