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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:
Baktash Zaher ... Haris
Mariam Weiss Mariam Weiss ... Laila
Yunis Azizi Yunis Azizi ... Rustum
Samira Cameron Samira Cameron ... Zohra
Omar Arzo Omar Arzo ... Farhad
Atia Jewayni Atia Jewayni ... Laila's Mother
Freshta Sadeed Freshta Sadeed ... Parwanah
Rebecca Sadeed Rebecca Sadeed
Rabani Sadeed Rabani Sadeed
Sean Attebury Sean Attebury ... Jacques
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn DeMerice Carolyn DeMerice ... Female Friend in Gallery
George Pogatsia ... 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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Afghanistan | USA


Dari | English

Release Date:

9 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Firedancer See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


This was Afghanistan's first film to be submitted for Oscar nomination as best foreign language film. See more »

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His first and last -indeed the best.
3 September 2004 | by Unknown_MasterSee 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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