This news in from the DanceOn Network:
DanceOn Network has premiered a brand new BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTE on behalf of Relativity Studios’ upcoming film, DESERT DANCER – opening in theaters this April. DESERT DANCER is based on the inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, and stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi and Makram J. Khoury. Check out the featurette NOW for an inside look at the cast’s dance rehearsals with acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan.
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.