Pioner Cinema » Desert Dancer
  • Drama
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  • 2014
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  • 100 min.
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  • Russia, United Kingdom
  • director: Richard Raymond
  • cast: Freida Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen, Reece Ritchie, Marama Corlett, Akin Gazi, Simon Kassianides, Makram Khoury
  • language: English audio with Russian subtitles
  • restrictions: 16+

The true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, a self-taught Iranian dancer, who decided to study the art of movements in defiance of an official ban. The idols of his underground dance group were Gene Kelly, Rudolf Nureyev, and Michael Jackson — whose video clips were also illegal. As a result, Afshin’s own life ends up in danger.

Akram Khan, the famous choreographer, served as director of the dance numbers in Richard Raymond’s debut film. He said, “This film is not only about dance, but about the reasons why dance is important to our life. I am inspired not just by this story of a battle for freedom from political oppression through dance, but by the thought that we all have the right for freedom, regardless of what country, nationality, or culture we belong to. Dance has no physical borders.”


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