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Iranian movement

OUT NOW! Well choreographed dance sequences have the most weight in Richard Raymond's DESERT DANCER.

The film follows exiled Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian’s life story: Despite the country’s ban on dancing, Ghaffarian starts a clandestine society where enthusiasts learn together from Youtube videos. Amid the turmoil of the The Green Movement, he goes through a rite of passage, deciphering his identity as a dancer and a political being. Dance sequences choreographed by Akram Khan are dazzling, but they do not stop the viewer from wondering if aesthetics occasionally override truth.

Desert Dancer | Directed by Richard Raymond (UK 2014) with Reece Ritchie, Freida Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi. Starts July 3

Originally published in issue #129, July/August 2014