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Desert Dancer (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 22 April 2016 (UK)
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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:
Freida Pinto ... Elaheh
Tom Cullen ... Ardavan
Nazanin Boniadi ... Parisa Ghaffarian
Marama Corlett ... Mona
Reece Ritchie ... Afshin Ghaffarian
Akin Gazi ... Farid Ghaffarian
Simon Kassianides ... Sattar
Neet Mohan ... Javadi, Naser
Tolga Safer ... Stephano
Hamza Kadri ... Smocking Guy
Makram Khoury ... Mehdi
Richard David-Caine Richard David-Caine ... Teymour / Trinculo
Davood Ghadami Davood Ghadami ... Basij Leader
Mourad Zaoui ... The student
Alex Klaus ... Minder 1 (as Alex Claus)
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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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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There is a misspelled word in the big banner the protesters carry in front of them See more »

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References Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »

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Lightning Tent
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One of the most blatant "propaganda" films ever produced!
9 December 2015 | by carter-drewjSee all my reviews

This piece of political trash is so hilariously made to trash Iran and it's people and government - as to be laughable.

Considering the history of Persia (Iran) this movie would have made "yellow journalist" William Randolph Hearst giddy! In 1951 Mohammed Mossadeg was Time's Man of the year .. and garnered a front page spread: http://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19520107,00.html As Kermit Roosevelt brags on the Cia.gov web page, Kermit was in charge of bombing schools, churches and blaming it on Mossadeq! The reason for this terrorism: Mossadeq wanted to use some of Iran's oil revenues to improve his country! British Petroleum would have none of that .. and the "terror" started. Moosadeq was overthrown, and the Shah of Iran placed in charge of the county - and the secret police "The Savak" ruled Iran with extreme terror for decades. That is the historical perspective which this movie glosses over, making it such a piece of propaganda trash! On the one hand the CIA installed Shah .. killed and tortured hundreds of thousands of Iranians - on the other hand the vicious government they have now disallows dancing! What a tragedy that Movies like this get funded!


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