I've been really keeping my eye on this film ever since I first told you about it a few weeks back. And I admit that most of that anticipation comes from the fact that Freida Pinto looks like she is back to playing more than a pretty face on the big screen. In this "making of" featurette from her upcoming film DESERT DANCER, she discusses the importance of using dance as a narrative to express yourself, especially when other means fail.
You may remember this film is inspired by the true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian (played by Reece Ritchie), who, along with some friends, risks his life to form an underground dance company when his cultural freedom is threatened amid a volatile political climate in 2009 Iran.
More in the official synopsis:
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.
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DESERT DANCER opens in limited theaters April 10 and expands on April 17.