Afghan Muscles

Afghan Muscles

Documentary screening as part of the AFI Film Festival

Tuesday, November 06, 2007
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
ArcLight Theater
6360 W Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Denmark, 2007, 58 min, VIDEO
In English / Farsi with English subtitles
North American Premiere

In attendance:  Andreas Mol Dalsgaard, Director

Danish director Andreas Mol Dalsgaard's relentlessly entertaining documentary follows the most popular sport in Afghanistan: male bodybuilding. And this is not the Afghanistan of your nightly news.

Just check out the hilarious scene at a qualifier for the men's national team: competitors strut their stuff in spray-on tans and Speedos while robed, bearded men squeal like teens stricken with Beatlemania. Dalsgaard tracks the athletes as they train for the Mr. Asia championships, capturing a multitude of surreal moments. A sponsorship takes the form of a dozen eggs a day, protein powder is smuggled like drugs and "Arnold" is referred to often, on an exclusively first-name basis. Beyond its incredibly appealing characters and thrilling plot, this film offers something we don’t often see: the Afghan perspective.

While America remains largely ignorant of the people who live in the countries we are "fighting for," Dalsgaard offers us an invaluable reminder that such a place actually exists.


This screening is part of the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival 2007.   For details on the festival and tickets visit




Cost : $11.00

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