- Duration62 min
"I’ve been wishing to dance on the stage for 30-40 years. But everywhere is a stage for the one who wants to dance."
Gracefully offers a tender and moving portrait of an 80-year-old drag queen who in his youth was known for traditional dancing at local ceremonies and celebrations dressed in ornate women’s clothing, and now works as a farmer. Since the 1979 Revolution, dancing publicly is forbidden in Iran, and cross-dressing considered particularly sinful. Throughout the film, our un-named protagonist finds discreet opportunities in which to dance: to express his art, in pursuit of happiness, and as an act of resistance.
Gracefully is screening alongside Welcome to a Bright White Limbo in Sheffield on Sunday 1 November at 5:00pm
+ pre-recorded introduction from the director Arash Eshaghi
Gracefully is available on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects and Doc/Player from Sunday 1 November at 7:00pm until Thursday 12 November at 11:59pm.
- Director(s): Arash Eshaghi
- Producer(s): Tala Azadravesh
- Country: Iran
- Language: Persian
- Premiere status: UK Premiere