Iran: Film about illegal dance company

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“A world behind closed doors”, the film ‘Desert Dancer’ tells the true story of Afhsin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie), an Iranian dancer who started his own underground dance company with his friends even though dancing was illegal at the time.

“Dancing is forbidden. So if you are going to do it, go somewhere safe,” a mother tells her son. In this way begins the trailer for ‘Desert Dancer’:


The movie film premiers in Chicago, USA, on 10 April 2015.

“Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.

Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another.”


The film is the first feature from director Richard Raymond. It stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto and Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen.

» www.facebook.com/DesertDancerTheMovie

» Twitter: #DesertDancer@DesertDancer




» A.V.Club – 30 March 2015:
Chicago, see Freida Pinto in Desert Dancer early and for free

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