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Desert Dancer (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 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.

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Parisa Ghaffarian
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Sattar
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Javadi, Naser
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Farid Ghaffarian
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Stephano
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Basij Leader
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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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Freedom Take Courage

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Biography | Drama

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

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Until I Rise  »

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$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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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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Azan
(Desert Dancer Mix)
(Tom Bellamy (as Bellamy), Eddy Temple-Morris (as Temple-Morris), Dobbins)
Performed by Losers, ft. Rebekah Dobbins
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I like the fact this is a smash into the mouth of basiji animals & ayatollahs
19 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

The content of this movie is soft and 1/100 of the sad reality of youth living in that godforsaken country. if the catch you laughing/dancing/singing they beat you & call you whores. While the real animals basiji and their whores, get paid to torture and kill young boys and girls. this is our reality for 37 years. I left and anyone who could left. If you stay, you become depressed, put in prison or drug addict. that is what the ayatollahs want. watch this film and feel lucky that most basic human rights like enjoying music is not taken away from you


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