FireDancer (2003)

FireDancer

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Haris (Baktash Zaher) is a struggling artist living in New York City. He left Afghanistan as a child, when the Russians invaded and his parents were killed. Now in his late twenties, he feels disconnected from the world, and he's tormented by nightmares, so he decides to delve into the past and uncover his roots. He meets Sunny (David Azizi), a food vendor who brings Haris into his home. Laila (Yasmine Weiss) also lives in New York, with her conservative family, who are bound to the patriarchal … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jawed Wassel
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SilkRoad Pictures

Cast


as Little Haris

as Farhad

as Laila's Suitor
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Critic Reviews for FireDancer

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Crudely shot and lacking narrative cohesion, the film's sincere attempts to explore meaningful issues of cultural identity are undercut by its amateurish execution.

June 17, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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While there are enough subtle directorial touches to make you wish Wassel could make a second feature, the low-budget flick Fire Dancer is essentially a more awkward Afghan version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
New York Post
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Jawed Wassel's drama of Afghan-American assimilation is a sincere, thoughtful work, though not a very accomplished one.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
New York Times
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Hard to recommend, with its haphazard tone, wobbly acting, and cipher-like lead.

Full Review… | June 1, 2004
Village Voice
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
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June 5, 2004
AV Club
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