Desert Dancer

Rated PG-13 104 minutes 2015

Iran's Green Revolution becomes the backdrop for a Footloose knockoff in this supremely embarrassing docudrama. It tells the story of Afshin Ghaffarian, a Tehran art student who defied authorities by starting a modern dance group in secret not long before the disputed reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. As portrayed here, Ghaffarian isn't a dissident so much as a wannabe Westerner; almost every creative work that inspires him comes from the U.S. ("Louie Louie," On the Waterfront, Michael Jackson videos), which suggests that the filmmakers didn't bother to learn a thing about Iranian art before making this. Similarly, Jon Croker's script draws liberally on Hollywood sports-movie cliches. Richard Raymond directed.

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Director: Richard Raymond

Producer: Pippa Cross, Fabiola Beracasa, Izabella Miko, Luis Astorquia, Sarah Arison, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Jason Beckman, Sally Greene, Rodika Zmikhnovskaya, Jeremy Cowdrey, Marina Arredonda, Mohammed Al Turki, Hamza Talhouni, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, Rick Porras and Nigel Thomas

Cast: Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi, Makram Khoury, Marama Corlett, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Daniel Bass, Neet Mohan, Sam Kordbacheh, Simon Kassianides, Richard David-Caine, Tolga Safer, Gabriel Senior and Inen Nuiga

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