Desert Dancer Movie

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Who's Involved:

Jon Croker, Nazanin Boniadi, Freida Pinto, Richard Raymond, Marama Corlett, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Simon Kassianides

Release Date:

Friday, April 10, 2015 (Limited)
Friday, April 17, 2015 (Expansion)

thematic elements, some drug material and violence

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin 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.

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Who stars in Desert Dancer: Cast List

... Elaheh

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" , "Mr. Malcolm's List"  

... Afshin Ghaffarian

"Hercules" , "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"  

... Ardavan

"Castle in the Ground" , "Mine"  

... Sattar


... Parisa Ghaffarian

"Ben Hur" , "Hotel Mumbai"  

... Mona


Who's making Desert Dancer: Crew List

A look at the Desert Dancer behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Richard Raymond last directed One Thousand Paper Cranes. The film's writer Jon Croker last wrote The Woman in Black 2 Angels of Death and The Abominable Snowman.


Jon Croker

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Production: What we know about Desert Dancer?

Key Facts

  1. Richard Raymond is making his directorial debut with the film.

Filming Timeline

  1. November 2013: The film was in Completed status.
  2. Picked up by Relativity Media at American Film Market. Relativity plans to release the film theatrically in 2014.

Desert Dancer Release Date: When was the film released?

Desert Dancer was released in 2015 on Friday, April 10, 2015 (Limited release). There were 6 other movies released on the same date, including The Longest Ride, Kill Me Three Times and Broken Horses.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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