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Desert Dancer (2014)

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Afshin Ghaffarian risks everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran's politically volatile climate and the nation's ban on dancing.

Director:

Richard Raymond

Writers:

Jon Croker (screenplay), Afshin Ghaffarian (based on the life story of)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nazanin Boniadi ... Parisa Ghaffarian
Freida Pinto ... Elaheh
Tom Cullen ... Ardavan
Marama Corlett ... Mona
Reece Ritchie ... Afshin Ghaffarian
Simon Kassianides ... Sattar
Neet Mohan ... Javadi, Naser
Akin Gazi ... Farid Ghaffarian
Tolga Safer ... Stephano
Alex Klaus ... Minder 1 (as Alex Claus)
Richard David-Caine Richard David-Caine ... Teymour / Trinculo
Makram Khoury ... Mehdi
Mourad Zaoui ... The student
Hamza Kadri ... Smocking Guy
Davood Ghadami Davood Ghadami ... Basij Leader
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A film based on an incredible true story. Desert Dancer is a classic hero story about brave young people risking their lives to rebel against their government and fight for their dreams. Set in Iran, where it is currently forbidden to dance, the story follows Afshin Ghaffarian and his friends who despite the dangers form an underground dance company where, via hacking into YouTube, they learn from the very best - Michael Jackson, Pina Bausch, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Reveling in the freedom of expression that dance gives them, they set upon putting on a performance deep in the desert, away from the watchful eyes of the military police. Written by Anonymous

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dance | desert | iran | dancer | dancing | See All (28) »

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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug material and violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Until I Rise See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,763, 12 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$143,653, 10 May 2015
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a misspelled word in the big banner the protesters carry in front of them See more »

Connections

References Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »

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Butterfly
(Chris James (as James))
Performed by Chris James (as Signaljacker)
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Great movie that meets and exceeds expectations
26 October 2015 | by angelofvicSee all my reviews

If you like dance movies, this is for you.

It's comparable to the best true-story dance movies like 'Mao's Last Dancer', 'Dancing Across Borders', and so on. If you liked those movies, you will love this.

It's well cast, well acted, well danced, and very interesting and dramatic.

I loved it!

Highly recommended for dance-movie fans.

The lead character is especially well cast, and he dances marvelously, with passion and beauty and skill, while also being an excellent actor.


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