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Desert Dancer

UK Release Date Friday, 22 April 2016
Certificate PG-13
Director Richard Raymond
Cast Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi, Reece Ritchie
Distributor Metrodome


Based on the incredible life story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked it all to fight for his dreams. Set in Iran, where it is forbidden to dance, Desert Dancer follows Afshin and his friends, who despite the dangers, form an underground dance company in a hidden basement. Through proxy servers the group hack the government firewalls into YouTube, where 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 out to put on a performance deep in the desert, away from the watchful eyes of the ruthless Basij militia. However, this simple act of courage and defiance will set in motion events that put Afshin’s life at risk.

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