Leevandia Entertainments is a distributor of the “Desert Dancer” film.

01 Oct 2015

The “Leevandia Entertainment” company will become a distributor for the film “Desert Dancer” in Russia and ex USSR’s countries. 

A new drama about talented Iranian dancer based on real events comes out from the 4th of February 2016. 

“Desert Dancer” is a co-production project of Russia and Great Britain and a debut work of Richard Raymond director. Once he heard a story of the talented Iranian dancer Avshin Gaffarian and decided to make a film about fighting for your dream. 

Since early childhood Avshin has wanted to dance. But in Iran – a country with a strict low and cruel regime – it is forbidden.

Despising the law and the risk to end up in jail Avshin – a university student back there - hacks YouTube and imitating Michael Jackson, Pina Bausch, Gene Kelly, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Barishnikov learnt how to dance.


Richard Raymond himself tells about his film: 

“When I discovered the story for the first time I immediately felt I needed to tell it. This story provokes people for uniting and reminds us of finding tenacity and strength for fighting for what’s right. All of us must have equal rights and freedom, no matter where we were born. And the most important things is that we all must have an opportunity to make our dreams come true.”

A seven weeks schedule of the motion picture started in Morocco (Casablanka took Teheran’s part), then the crew moved to the North Sahara. The production continued in Paris and finished in London. 

The work on the film has been continuing for several years. A big international team of professionals took part in it. For example, a world known choreographer Akram Khan who made dancing parts on Olympic games in London in 2012. 

Leading parts took such actors as Reece Ritchie (Hercules, The Lovely Bones, Prince Of Persia), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey, Weekend).
Besides, Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) also took part in the film. The actress is an official representative of international USA amnesty against unfair arrests of Iranian young blood. 

Richard Raymond, Pippa Cross (Shooting Dogs, Vanity Fair) and Fabiola Beracasa with a participation of Rodika Zmihnovskaya, Isabella Miko and Louise Astorkia acted as the producers of the film.


Russian audience will be able to see the film from the 3rd of December 2015. It is planning to be screened on more than 150 platforms of the country.


Also, the film will be shown on Russian federal channels in 2016.


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