Afghan Muscles

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In post-Taliban Kabul, the most popular sport is bodybuilding. Afghan Muscles takes us inside Afghanistan's thriving bodybuilding culture - a sport that attracts thousands of young men across a country devastated by war and poverty who dream of attaining a better life through muscles. It's a side of Afghanistan and Middle Eastern society that few have ever seen. Hamid Shirzai is one such young man. Coming from a long line of bodybuilders--both his brother and uncle were national champions--Hamid is intent on becoming the next Mr. Afghanistan, and ultimately, Mr. Asia. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the AFI Film Festival, this discerning documentary from filmmaker and anthropologist Andreas Dalsgaard offers an indelible view of a changing Afghanistan, and in the process, shatters every pre-conceived notion you ever had about this country.

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