I recently watched Desert Dancer. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the DVD for review on my movies blog. Desert Dancer is the true story of an Iranian dancer named Afshin Ghaffarian. The problem for Afshin is that dancing is forbidden in Iran. Desert Dancer isn’t an exciting story, but I thought the story was interesting. The story actually reminded me a little of Foot Loose — without the foot-stomping tunes, and of course, the consequences for dancing in Iran is much more brutal. Desert Dancer is available now on DVD. Continue reading to learn four things about Desert Dancer.
Four Things About the Desert Dancer DVD
Desert Dancer is the true story of an Iranian dancer
The story starts off with a very young Afshin Ghaffarian. Even as a kid, Afshin was different from other Iranians, and he loved dancing and the arts. The movie then moves forward to 2009 with Afshin in college. He meets some people and convinces them to form an underground dance company. Dancing is forbidden and if caught, the dancers can expect to be beaten and imprisoned. But that doesn’t stop them and they ultimately perform their dance in the desert with a live audience. During this time, Iran was very volatile because the nation was divided on who should lead the country. Afshin is caught with protesters and he has to find a way to escape his fate so he can be free to be who he is.
Slumdog millionaire actress steals the show
Reece Ritchie is the star of the movie. He played the part of Afshin Ghaffarian. However, I thought Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) stole the scenes she was in. She played the part of Elaheh (the other main dancer in the film). I thought her character was more interesting and I wanted to know more about her. Other cast members include Nazanin Boniadi (Parisa Ghaffarian), Tom Cullen (Ardavan), Neet Mohan (Javadi, Naser), Simon Kassianides (Sattar), Marama Corlett (Mona), Akin Gazi (Farid Ghaffarian), Makram Khoury (Mehdi), Tolga Safer (Stephano), Davood Ghadami (Basij Leader), Mourad Zaoui (The student), Richard David-Caine (Teymour / Trinculo), Bamshad Abedi-Amin (Mehran), and Gabriel Senior (Young Afshin Ghaffarian). Desert Dancer was directed by Richard Raymond.
Desert Dancer is rated PG-13
The movie is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug material and violence. I think the PG-13 rating is mainly for the beating scenes in the film.
Desert Dancer includes special features
The 94-minute Desert Dancer includes the following special features:
- Desert Dancer: In Conversation with Afshin Ghaffarian
- The Rise of the People
- First Memories
- Theatrical Trailer
More info: Desert Dancer DVD