American Snippets with Barb Allen and Dave Brown

From Refugee Camp to Hollywood with Fahim Fazli

Episode Summary

For two years, Fahim Fazli, his father, and brother lived in that refugee camp awaiting their entry into the United States. It was not an easy two years, but Fahim doesn’t regret it. He insists it was his honor to come into this country legally and respectfully, and he is proud of his adopted country. He doesn’t consider himself an Afghan-American. He is simply an American, and freely voices his thoughts on others who come to this great country; “Do not bring your fundamentalist culture. Respect what this country gives you. Stand on your own two feet.” In the years since he arrived, Fahim Fazli has made a name for himself in Hollywood. He’s worked as an actor and a consultant alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names, in some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. Charlie Wilson’s War, American Sniper, and Rock the Kasbah have all been graced with his work and his company. Now there is movement on a film being made about him. His story is deep and powerful and he has a message for anyone who has a dream. Don’t give up. Make it happen. If I can do it, you can do it.

Episode Notes

Fahim Fazli spent the bulk of his childhood in his native land of Afghanistan. His family is of royal lineage, and his parents held prestigious jobs. Still, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, his family's life was shattered.

Fahim's family was separated. He was threatened with being sent to Siberia, made a dangerous escape on foot through the mountains, and spent 2 years in a Pakistani refugee camp before his family was reunited in America.
Today he is an actor and a consultant who works alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names. But it's his service as a combat linguist with the United States Marines that he's especially proud of.

In this episode, Fahim shares the emotional story of his childhood, his dangerous journey to America, and his unbridled love for the country he feels indebted to.

Learn more, watch the interview, and follow Fahim Fazli here