• Desert Dancer (2015)

Desert Dancer

Release Date: April 10th, 2015

PG-13 |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

In the volatile political and social climate of 2009 Tehran, Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) and a group of dancers start a secret dance company in the Iranian desert, far from the prying eyes of the government police. Along with a woman named Elaheh (Freida Pinto) who helps them refine their skills, Afshin and his company use what little Internet they can access to learn moves from banned videos starring legends like Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev.

Cast: Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi, Makram Khoury, Marama Corlett, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Daniel Bass

Director: Richard Raymond

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: Greene Light Films, May 13 Films, Star Land kpc, 6Sales, Lipsync Productions, BluePencilSet, Relativity, Rostik Investment Group, Sarah Arison Productions

Distributors: Relativity Media

Keywords: Quest, Sacrifice, 2000s, Spirited, Passionate, Police officer

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Desert Dancer too often lapses into generic cinematic clichés, failing to live up to the dramatic potential of its subject matter. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    In the end, it’s hard to know whether to see the Iran of Desert Dancer in optimistic or pessimistic terms. Young people, especially, want to be free, but the other side has all the power. Having YouTube on your side certainly helps, but an army and some tanks can come in handy, too. show more

  • 50
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Though suitably moving in parts, Desert Dancer is more dutiful than inspired, reducing a worthy message to lukewarm sermonising. show more

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