Veterans Count, a program of Easterseals New Hampshire, welcomes actor, author and motivational speaker Fahim Fazli to the Rochester Opera House on Oct. 17 as part of their community speaker series.
Fazli, who served as a linguist and interpreter for Hollywood and U.S. Marines, will share his story with New Hampshire veterans and local community members, including his perspective on military operations in Afghanistan and observations on the region’s current affairs.
Fahim Fazli is a man of two worlds: Afghanistan, the country of his birth, and America, the nation he adopted and learned to love. He 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. Fazli enjoyed a privileged childhood until the Russians invaded Afghanistan, and came to the United States as a refugee in his teens. As a young adult he supported the resistance, and when he and his remaining family saw the opportunity they fled to Pakistan and eventually to the United States. Fazli moved to California with dreams of an acting career.
During both events, Fazli will be joined onstage by Michael Moffett, Ret., Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marine Corps. Together, Fazli and Moffett wrote the award-winning memoir Fahim Speaks: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back, released in early 2012. It received the Gold Medal for Biography from the Military Writers Society of America.
Moffett was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1982 and went on to become an infantry platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. In 1990, he became commander of the Marine Reserve infantry unit out of Topsham, Maine, later designated A-Company of the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. These troops were attached to the First Marine Division for Operation Desert Storm. Major Moffett worked as a reserve staff officer at Pacific Command, ground operations officer for General Tommy Franks at Central Command, and Director of the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) prep school for future officers. He also spent a year as a field historian for Marine Corps University in 2010, during which time he met Fazli in Afghanistan.
Local radio host Jack Heath of New Hampshire Today will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. All proceeds from both evening’s events will go to the Seacoast Chapter of Veterans Count. For tickets and more information, visit www.vetscount.org/nh/events/man-two-worlds-fahim-fazli/.