Desert Dancer

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Richard Raymond
Production: Relativity Media
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Hey! What the hell are you doing?

What are you do...

- Ardi!

- Hey, man. How are you? Sorry I'm late.

Thanks for waiting.

Hey, I want you to meet my new friend.

Afshin! Afshin, come here.

Afshin, this is my friend Mehran.

- Hi.

- Yeah, this is Afshin, Mona.

- Hi.

- Mona, Afshin.

I hope he hasn't corrupted you yet.

No, not yet.

- Give him time.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Very funny.

Actually, what time is it?

Come on. We're gonna be late.

Hey, so, are you coming tonight?

Yeah, of course.

- Yeah?

Yeah. Actually, Mashdi, you're coming, too.

Meet us here, outside the gates, 10:00.

Okay? Bye.

Come on, let's go.

So, nice to meet you.

- Yeah, you, too.

- See you later.

This traffic is crazy.

So I keep on seeing Mehran

in my drama class,

but he doesn't look like

someone who studies drama.

So I find out his big secret, okay,

and it turns out

that he is an engineering student

who keeps on sneaking into my class

because his parents won't let him study.

- I mean, that's pretty cool.

- That's not exactly true.

That is exactly true.

Where are we going?

Hey, guys.

Afshin, welcome to the Ayatollah's

worst nightmare.

That's her boyfriend. Naser.

He's a... Actually, he's a student director.

He's taking a theater trip

to Paris next year.

Lucky bastard's getting out.

What are they smoking?


The regime is...

They're flooding the streets

with the shit, you know?

They want to numb us.

Okay, come on, let's forget them.

Let's go have some fun, eh?

Let's party. Come on.

Cyrus. How are you? Good to see you.

Ah, Beluga Vodka.

Oh, fancy. You guys want a drink?

Wait, you can get YouTube?

What about the firewall?

Proxy server.

Here, Afshin. I think you'll like this.

Broadcast in stealth

from Washington, D. C.,

this is the unofficial,

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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