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Firedancer (2002)

Fire Dancer (original title)
| Drama | 9 May 2003 (USA)
A young Afghan-American on a journey of "self-discovery".



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Credited cast:
Mariam Weiss ...
Yunis Azizi ...
Samira Cameron ...
Omar Arzo ...
Atia Jewayni ...
Laila's Mother
Freshta Sadeed ...
Rebecca Sadeed
Rabani Sadeed
Sean Attebury ...
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Carolyn DeMerice ...
Female Friend in Gallery
Art gallery patron


The film follows Haris, a hip, handsome Afghan-American artist who shows his work at a downtown Manhattan art gallery. His story explores the ramifications of leaving Afghanistan and living as a refugee in America. Haris seems to be an all-American guy except that he creates strange installations of hanging ropes, and suffers from terrible visions- of himself as a child in Afghanistan in traditional dress, of smoke and bombs, of his dead parents and the Russian soldier who shot them during the Soviet invasion. Haris embarks on a journey through the world of Afghan-Americans to learn more about their culture, and there he finds both humor and tragedy. He meets Sunny, an Afghan immigrant hot dog vendor, whose son is a would-be rapper, among others, and falls for Laila, a fashion designer who still carries the expectations of her traditional parents. Written by Anonymous

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9 May 2003 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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After principle photography, producer Nathan C. Powell murdered director Jawed Wassel. See more »

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His first and last -indeed the best.
3 September 2004 | by (United Countries of the Earth) – See all my reviews

The movie "Fire dancer" was Jawid's first and last feature. He was murdered few months after compilation of the film. It indeed was a lost of the Afghan-American community.

The movie as described in plot summary revolves around the Afghan-Americans and their battles with the new culture.

The film has a lot of tragedy and some comedy (just like the directors life).

It's shot very professionally and edited in its best.

Acting is very good...even amusing, because its everyone's first time.

This is the first movie that was nominated for Oscars.

This is the third Afghan-American movie (after "The Fear" and "In the Wrong Hands") that is made in Hollywood standard.

Afghans have been releasing some great movies recently. The future of Film-making looks bright for the Afghan community.

8/10- Based on Hollywood Standards.

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