Gracefully / Khoraman
  • Year2019
  • 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