Afghan Actors in Hollywood
By Ghanizada - Sun Jun 29 2014, 11:35 am
Enayat Delawary’s passion for Afghanistan; its people, diverse culture and historical significance, is evident in every aspect of his life.
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Enayat was exposed to the lives of all Afghans, whether in remote villages or the highest levels of government, by his father, a top advisor to King Zahir Shah.
From a young age, Enayat studied the varied cultural traditions and mastered the languages of the different ethnic and tribal areas of the region.
In 1973, Enayat moved to Germany where he received his Masters Degree in Social and Political Science. While in Germany, he worked closely with renowned scholars, filmmakers and journalists translating books and documentary films. This included translating material from Farsi, Dari and Pashto into German, as well as fact checking for historical, political and cultural accuracy.
Most recently, Enayat has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most esteemed directors as a dialect coach, translator, cultural advisor and actor on multiple films. He has served in all of these capacities for Mike Nichols’ “Charlie Wilson’s War” and Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers,” working intimately with Mr. Nichols and Mr. Sheridan through all stages of production.
Enayat’s life has prepared him with a very unique skill set for providing unparalleled services to writers, filmmakers and historians during these tumultuous times. His passion for his homeland and a lifetime of ongoing curiosity and study makes him an ideal candidate for providing assurance for the accurate representation of the Afghan people, Afghanistan, and the entire Central Asian region.
Mustafa Haidari was born in Kabul Afghanistan. He is a multilingual actor, known for The Kite Runner, Kabuli Kid, and Lone Survivor. He speaks Dari, Pashto, Farsi, Arabic, English, Hindi, and Urdu languages.
Mustafa studied on camera and stage acting at the faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University. He has also been trained by international artists such as Ariane Mnouchkine, the French founder and director of theater Du Soleil, Corinne Jaber, and a few other artists. He is an active, hardworking actor who likes to expand his acting skills and has participated in several commercial, theatrical and voice training classes in Los Angeles and abroad. Besides acting in film and television, he also appeared in several plays such as (I am Not The Second Gender), (A Tragic Disaster), and the Dari translated version of William Shakespeare’s play, (Love’s Labour’s Lost.)
Mustafa moved to the United States in 2008, settling down in Los Angeles, California to pursue his ‘American Dream’ as an actor in Hollywood. Being a multilingual, helped him to book his acting jobs as a professional on camera and voice actor in films, television and commercial projects. Mustafa also lent his voice for the Dari version of a popular language learning program called, Rosetta Stone.
Fahim Fazli is a man of two worlds: Afghanistan, the country of his birth, and America, the nation he adopted and learned to love. Fahim is also a man who escaped oppression, found his dream profession, and then paid it all forward by returning to Afghanistan as an interpreter with the U.S. Marines from 2009-2010. He came to the United States as a refugee in his teens. He enjoyed a privileged childhood until the Russians invaded Afghanistan. As a young adult he supported the resistance and when he and his remaining family saw the opportunity they fled to Pakistan and then eventually to the United States. He moved to California with dreams of an acting career. Fahim wrote a memoir, Fahim Speaks, that was released in early 2012. “Fahim Speaks” received the 1st place for a biography from the Military Writers Society of America.
Ali Olomi is fluent in 5 languages (English, Pashto, Dari, Farsi and Hindi). At a very young age, his family moved from his birthplace of Kabul, Afghanistan to San Diego, California which is where he called home until moving to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
His lead roles in short films have garnered him praises at Cannes International Film Festival, Asian Film festival, Brussels Belgium Film Competition, Canada Film festival, San Diego film festival, as well as other International film festivals.
Besides Hollywood Feature Films he also appeared in Independent Films, Student Films, TV Series, Commercials and he has also done Voice Over and ADR.
From Hollywood to Bollywood and to the Middle East
Sitara Attaie is an actress who grew up in The Netherlands, and has recently adopted America as her new home. She discovered her passion for acting, movies, and dancing at a young age. Sitara received her BFA in English Literature and Theater from the Rijks University in Groningen, and has been formally trained in Method acting at the world-renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood, and is studying Meisner Technique at The Actor’s Workshop. As an actress and voice-over artist, Sitara Attaie has worked on major productions such as Showtime’s Homeland (Emmy Award – Best Drama Series 2012), the Oscar-winning film Argo (Academy Award – Best Picture 2013), RED 2, The Fault In Our Stars, and popular television shows such as True Blood, CIS, Bones, and Nikita. She has also done several Indie movies, commercials, and music videos. Her proficiency in 5 different languages brought her many hosting gigs for live and television shows. Sitara is a Dutch television personality who partook in projects on Dutch television like, VARA’s 12X12, TROS’s Kunstbende, SBS6’s Missen, and other televised discussions around Dutch minorities. She has promoted the European shows of Bollywood megastars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. She also competed and earned her title as a Choreographer and taught Bollywood dance at Dansschool Klaassens. Sitara wrote for a variety of media as a Journalist like: Spunk.nl and Cultuur Scouts Magazine. She has also won beauty pageants in The Netherlands and Turkey, and is a fashion and runway model.
Walid Amini is an actor, known for Not Today (2013), Heal (2010) and The Black Tulip(2010). Holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Computer Science. Is a trained classical Pianist.
Won – Best Lead Actor (Breakthrough Performance) at the Monaco Film Festival May 2012 for “The Black Tulip”.
Is a surfer and Boxer at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood. Home to trainer Freddie Roach, boxer Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao.
Ambassador to Afghanistan for Children of War Foundation (a non-profit, non-political, humanitarian organization helping children around the world who have fallen victim to war).
Studies acting at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood with his coach and mentor Howard Fine (influenced by long time friend and mentor Uta Hagen at the HB Studio – New York).
Yousuf Azami is an actor, known for Lone Survivor (2013), Crank (2006) and Brothers (2009).
Zadran Wali is known for his work on Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010) and The Kite Runner (2007).
Source: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)