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Afghan Muscles

Documentary screening as part of the AFI Film Festival

Thursday, November 08, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:00 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 referenced frequently, 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 these places actually exist.



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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