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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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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
Richard David-Caine ... Teymour / Trinculo
Makram Khoury ... Mehdi
Davood Ghadami Davood Ghadami ... Basij Leader
Dana Haqjoo ... Passport Officer
Tolga Safer ... Stephano
Mourad Zaoui ... The student
Hamza Kadri Hamza Kadri ... Smocking Guy
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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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Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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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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 (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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Holy smackers was that boring!!!!!
3 January 2015 | by chrismackey1972See all my reviews

The ONLY reason I had any interest in watching this was because Nazanin Boniadi (Fara from "Homeland") was in this. According to IMDb, she had top billing. So I figured, sure, I'll watch it. After all, even if the movie isn't very good, Nazanin is hot, so that would make up for it to some extent. NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!! NB is only in one scene at the very beginning for about a minute. Yes! About a minute of screen time. Time it! Somehow IMDb believes she was going to get top billing for that. In the actual credits of the movie, she gets 4th billing. I don't know how she got such high billing for so little screen time.

The movie itself was a frickin' bore fest. Snooze fest. Call it whatever you want. It wasn't good. Watching paint dry would've been better, because at least you expect it to be boring if you watch paint dry, and nobody is saying Nazanin Boniadi is going to be staring in "watch paint dry." I know Iran has a very repressive regime, but couldn't they have made it about something more worthwhile? Nope. It had to be made about these people in the movie not being allowed to dance. I guess the sequel might be about them not being able to brush with Crest, or not be able to buy Hebrew National Hot Dogs. I don't know. All I can say is, if there's a sequel made, there won't be a sequel played in my computer.

I gave this a 2-star rating. One star for the one minute Nazanine Boniadi was actually in the movie. The other star is for the talent it took to bore the heck out of me. Believe it or not, that does count as a talent, but not one anyone in this film should be proud of.


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