Desert Dancer

2015

Desert Dancer

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Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company. Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another. (c) Relativity

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  • On a grand scale, Ghaffarian's story of putting his life on the line to create art is poignant and inspirational. It's a stirring reminder of art's true vitality.

    March 14, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Bogged down by trying to be two very separate things and dragging its plot for a bit more time than it should have. A film with a lot of potential, but unfortunately underwhelming.

    August 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • We didn't need a pseudo-Persian Footloose to imagine dance as a means of political resistance, but surely there's no harm in drawing inspiration from [Andrew] Ghaffarian's bravely creative life.

    August 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • With robotic depictions of Iran's 'morality police', the political subtext is strictly one-dimensional. But with ace choreographer Akram Khan on board, the dancing is powerful.

    January 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Raymond might sometimes hit his beats too hard but he does keep his eye on the bigger picture.

    August 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Characters' brief moments of freedom are stirringly depicted in Richard Raymond's based-on-fact bio-picture, Desert Dancer.

    May 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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