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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:
Nazanin Boniadi ... Parisa Ghaffarian
Freida Pinto ... Elaheh
Tom Cullen ... Ardavan
Marama Corlett ... Mona
Reece Ritchie ... Afshin Ghaffarian
Simon Kassianides ... Sattar
Akin Gazi ... Farid Ghaffarian
Neet Mohan ... Javadi, Naser
Richard David-Caine ... Teymour / Trinculo
Makram Khoury ... Mehdi
Tolga Safer ... Stephano
Mourad Zaoui ... The student
Alex Klaus ... Minder 1 (as Alex Claus)
Davood Ghadami Davood Ghadami ... Basij Leader
Bamshad Abedi-Amin Bamshad Abedi-Amin ... Mehran
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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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Freedom Takes Courage. See more »

Genres:

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 »

Soundtracks

Galang
(Steve Mackey (as Mackey), M.I.A. (as Arulpragasam), Justine Frischmann (as Frischmann))
Performed by M.I.A.
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Entertaining & Compelling Story
23 April 2015 | by mr-ronen-eitanSee all my reviews

I viewed this movie after hearing about it through a friend. It didn't seem like a film I would usually be interested in after seeing some of the reviews from critics and users, but I gave it a chance anyway.

I was very impressed, the story was great, the fact that it was based on a true story, and political facts made the film more put together and gave it a lot of depth.

A lot of work and studying was put into this film, and I always give acclaim to those in the film industry who try hardest to put a story out there that is meant to be heard and for that reason I rate the film a 10.

Definitely recommend everyone to see it, this is in no way a "boring" film.


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