‘The Desert Dancer’ is a 2014 biographical film directed by Richard Raymond. It tells the true story of a young, self-taught dancer in Iran, Afshin Ghaffarian (played by Reece Ritchie), who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.
The movie also has Freida Pinto in a main role as Elaheh. In the backdrop of the 2009 Presidential election in Iran Afshin and Elaheh along with some friends rehearse and do a small performance way in the desert. After the rigged elections when unrest swept Afshin is arrested and beaten. He moves to Paris in another name for a performance and comes out in front of the crowd dancing on stage instead of playing his character in Tempest.
The movie is a reminder for people who can dance without being afraid. To know that there are people who keep their Art and dance locked inside to repressive regimes. Iran is the land of poetry and Art a language just like urdu is nothing less than poetry.
Persian or Iranian Art is one of the oldest and richest in the world. Be it Architecture, poetry, Painting, or performance Art.
If you love Dance watch this, not for the performance but to know what length people go to be free to do what you love.