'Desert Dancer' Trailer Defies the Oppressive Iranian Government

February 4, 2015
Source: Relativity

Desert Dancer

"Dancing is forbidden. So if you're going to do it, you do it somewhere safe." Despite what Footloose may have you believe, it's pretty ridiculous to live in a place in the United States where dancing is forbidden. Of course, you may not realize this, but around the world, not everyone has that same kind of freedom. Desert Dancer sets out to tell the true story of a young man who's a gifted dancer, but finds his skills stifled by the oppressive government of his homeland in Iran. And much like Kevin Bacon, he uses his dancing to make a statement, creating a secret group with other brave dancers for a performance out in the desert. Watch!

Here's the trailer for Richard Raymond's Desert Dancer from Relativity Media:

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During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) 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. Richard Raymond directs Desert Dancer which hits limited theaters April 10th.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


Impressive. A dance film with a compelling story!

Mr Chatterbox on Feb 4, 2015


Kevin Bacon would be proud. Though I'd say the stakes were slightly higher in this.

Carpola on Feb 4, 2015


This is ridiculous! Iranians don't speak English with an American accent in their home country! I know this, I've been there.

Lagoya on Feb 5, 2015

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