Afghan Muscles

56 minutes 9.2/10

The young men of Afghanistan have discovered the art of bodybuilding. In a country ravaged by war, these men still hold on to their dreams; dreams of muscle, honour and fame – absolute control of the body in a world of chaos.

From the dusty ruins of Kabul to the skyline of Dubai we follow the bodybuilder Hamid’s heroic struggle to gather food and proteins, hoping to win the championship and thereby create a better life for himself and his clan. But nothing goes as planned; Welcome to “Afghan Muscles” – a different and groundbreaking portrait of Afghanistan after 9/11.

Released 2006. Director: Andreas Dalsgaard. Documentary film.

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  • Ert

    I’m not a fan of muscle worship, but this was so much more than bodybuilding. I really thought this documentary was amazing, it moved something inside of me.

    Afghanistan is more than war yet still torn asunder by it. It was great to see another side of this amazing country!!

  • Anon

    I can really relate to his situation. I am also a bodybuilder, under 70kg, and want to compete soon but can’t due to financial reasons. Not enough food, supplements are easy to obtain here but are extremely overpriced (when a tub of whey costs 75-100$), gym membership problems, just like him.
    He didn’t give up on his dream, so won’t I!

  • lemon69

    why are they so much smaller and more natural lookin than us bodybuilders?

    • Carl

      Your answer lies in your question itself, “natural”.

  • balzdpr

    Just watched the film for the first time. These bodybuilding athletes have more heart and professional expressionism than many body builders I have ever met. I hope that their dreams have come true. I believe they have the key driving force to be champions. Fantastic film. A must see by all body building enthusiasts.

  • cooliesuperstar

    finally i was able to see the whole doc. thats true bodybuilding. i am a bodybuilder myself, but i live here in the us. i have access to all the best supplements, food, and real workout equipment. these guys have have nothing, but they train hard no matter what. i have the utmost respect for them. true will and desire.

  • bd

    an inspiring documentary indeed, new to body-building but this went beyond anything i was expecting, if i ever feel lazy and lack motivation again i will just think of this. hope they are still working towards there goals

  • L Ron Fucktard

    Trying to think if there’s anything I’ve ever found less interesting….nope…this is it. Most boring doc, ever.

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