Afghan muscles

Andreas Dalsgaard, Denmark, 2006

59 min.DK/Documentary

The young men of Afghanistan have discovered the art of bodybuilding. In a country ravished 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. »Afghan Muscles« is a story about dreams. The dreams we all share, dreams that are never the same. From the rubbles of Kabul to the skyline of Dubai we follow Hamid on a great journey, that will take him across mountains and through a struggle to honour both his own dreams and his father's aspirations.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Afghan muscles
Danish title Afghan muscles
Keywords Afghanistan, Body building, Honor
Director Andreas Dalsgaard
Screenplay Andreas Dalsgaard, Oliver Winding, Anna Bro
Producer Jesper Morthorst, Andreas Dalsgaard
Director of Photography Frederik Jacobi, Christian Vium Bønløkke Andersen, Andreas Dalsgaard
Editor My Thordal, Andreas Dalsgaard, Mahi Rahgozar, Olivier Bugge Coutté
Sound Jens Bønding, Christian Vium Bønløkke Andersen
Composer Fridolin Nordsø
Appearance Noorrulhoda Shirbad, Hamid Shirzai
Production country Denmark
Production company Haslund Film, Nimbus Film
Domestic distribution TV2 World Sales
International sales TV 2 World
Technical info color
Danish theatrical release 07.09.2007
Cinemas Vester Vov Vov, Café Biografen (Odense), Øst for Paradis (Århus)
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Haslund Film, Nimbus Film
Domestic distribution TV2 World Sales


Direction Andreas Dalsgaard


Script Andreas Dalsgaard
Script Oliver Winding
Script Anna Bro
Translation Wali Sitez
Research Christian Vium Bønløkke Andersen


Producer Jesper Morthorst
Producer Andreas Dalsgaard
Line producer Jamil Ahmad
Executive producer Michael Haslund-Christensen


Cinematography Frederik Jacobi
Cinematography Christian Vium Bønløkke Andersen
Cinematography Andreas Dalsgaard
Graphic design Cathy Galecki Hertz


Stills Andreas Dalsgaard
Stills Frederik Jacobi
Stills Christian Vium Bønløkke Andersen


Editing My Thordal
Editing Andreas Dalsgaard
Editing Mahi Rahgozar
Editing Olivier Bugge Coutté
Assistant editor Nis Bogorm
Assistant editor Nikolaj Ellebjerg Sjælør
Assistant editor Nikolaj Viborg
Trailer editor Thomas Hamann


Music Fridolin Nordsø


Sound Jens Bønding
Sound Christian Vium Bønløkke Andersen

Visual effects

Colourist Thomas Hamann
Graphic design Cathy Galecki Hertz
VFX Carl Krull


Noor Noorrulhoda Shirbad
Hamid Hamid Shirzai

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Best Documentary Price 2007 Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2007

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Leuven, Docville 2008-05-10
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2008-05-09
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2007-11-01
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2007-10-15
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2007-09-27
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2007-08-27
Nyon, Visions du Réel 2007-04-20
CPH:DOX 2006-11-10
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Politiken 2007-11-16
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten 2007-11-16
Anmeldelse Urban Louise Kidde sauntved 2007-11-15
Artikel Børsen Gro 2007-11-15
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Soeren Vinterberg 2007-09-09
Anmeldelse Urban Jeppe Funder 2007-09-07
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