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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
May 9, 2003 Wide
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Crudely shot and lacking narrative cohesion, the film's sincere attempts to explore meaningful issues of cultural identity are undercut by its amateurish execution.
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.
Jawed Wassel's drama of Afghan-American assimilation is a sincere, thoughtful work, though not a very accomplished one.
Hard to recommend, with its haphazard tone, wobbly acting, and cipher-like lead.
A passionate, if imperfect, glimpse at a culture still thriving in exile.
At a very brief 80 minutes, there is sense of incompleteness -- character transitions don't make sense, with the plot taking sudden and inexplicable turns.
Wassel's reach exceeds his grasp: The film's storytelling is choppy and sometimes obscures important relationships, and not all of the actors are capable of the emotional range that would give their characters convincingly tragic dimensions.
Firedancer puts faces on a few of the many refugees from war-torn Afghanistan who settle in the United States and try to make new lives for themselves.
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