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FireDancer (2003)


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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


Art House & International, Drama

Jawed Wassel

SilkRoad Pictures



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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.

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.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: 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.

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

June 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A passionate, if imperfect, glimpse at a culture still thriving in exile.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source:

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.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

June 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Similar to many immigrant pictures that tell of their universal struggle.

May 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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