Desert Dancer

In the midst of a governmental crackdown on dancing and a host of concerns involving Iran’s constant volatility on the political front, Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) bravely (some might argu

In the midst of a governmental crackdown on dancing and a host of concerns involving Iran’s constant volatility on the political front, Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) bravely (some might argue foolishly) decides to start a dance company. Director Richard Raymond (producer and director of short films The First Day and The Bridge) and screenwriter Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) tackle Ghaffarian’s life story with grace and bold determination and the support of Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tom Cullen (The Last Days on Mars, Weekend). It is somewhat bittersweet to watch stories of young people caught under the thumb of oppressive regimes fight against all odds, while all across the United States, young men and women fall further into despair as a result of brutal and inhumane implementation of authority. (Opens Friday, May 1 at Esquire Theatre) (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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