(Reece Ritchie, Freida Pinto, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2015 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview:Set against the backdrop of Iran’s volatile 2009 presidential election, this powerful film, 'Desert Dancer' follows the incredible true story of renowned international dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.
DVD Verdict: At a time when dancing is forbidden, Afshin (Reece Ritchie, Hercules) and some friends, including the beautiful Elaheh (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) risk their lives to form an underground dance company.
Based upon a true story, it relives the tragic story of a young man and his friends who simply want to practice and perform modern dancing on stage in Iran. Indeed, it was actually inspired by banned online videos of timeless legends like Michael Jackson and Rudolf Nureyev, Afshin and Elaheh that created their embrace, their passion for dance – and for one another.
Not a movie with ay real get-up-and-go, I still was very impressed with the story and the fact that it was based on true events, and actual political facts, made the film more "honest and put together" and gave it a lot of depth. A lot of work and studying was put into this film, and I always give acclaim to those in the film industry who try hardest to put a story out there that is meant to be heard.
Finally, it is chock full of palpable tension, breathtaking choreography and spectacular cinematography, which makes, for me at the very least, 'Desert Dancer's story one of extraordinary courage, love and the fulfillment of dreams, one that resonates long after the screen goes black. I mean, in general, it's a very wild thought to think about what it would be like to live away from home, and the type of lifestyle some people see in the Middle East, where this takes place. I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I did, and if you did, please tell your friends and spread the word. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Desert Dancer: In Conversation with Afshin Ghaffarian
The Rise of the People