Desert Dancer

Desert Dancer

Taglines: Freedom take çourage.

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.

Desert Dancer is a biographical film directed by Richard Raymond. It tells a true story of a young, self-taught dancer in Iran, Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.

Desert Dancer

Richard Raymond who is making his full-length debut and is working with acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan, whose work featured in the Olympic opening ceremony at London 2012. Richard Raymond is producing the film through his May 13 Films banner. Freida Pinto undertook an intensive training schedule for the role that comprised eight hours of dance rehearsals every day for 14 weeks. Photo call for the film was held at the Palais des Festivals during the third day of the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on Friday May 18, 2012.[5][6] Relativity Media has acquired North America distribution rights to the film [7] at 2013 American Film Market.

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Desert Dancer

Directed by: Richard Raymond
Starring: Freida Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen, Marama Corlett, Reece Ritchie, Simon Kassianides, Bethan Hanks
Srceenplay by: Jon Croker, Afshin Ghaffarian
Production Design by: Shahram Karimi
Cinematography by: Carlos Catalan
Film Editing by: Chris Gill, Celia Haining
Costume Design by: Louise Stjernsward
Music by: Benjamin Wallfisch
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug material and violence.
SzudioB Relativity Media
Release DateB April 10, 2015

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