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