Dancing in Jaffa  רוקדים ביפו

Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Brywn Mawr, PA 19010

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:00 pm

General Admission $13; Seniors $10

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine brings his dance classes to the ethnically mixed schools of Jaffa, pairing 11-year-old Palestinians and Jews, putting many of the children’s and their families’ beliefs to the test.  The story revolves around training for a citywide dance competition that would require the children, some of whom are forbidden to dance together by religious doctrine, to partner and perform. As Dulaine wins over his reluctant students, the awkward cross-cultural pairings grow into meaningful relationships that quickly take on a significance beyond the dance floor. This sweet and poignant tale of discipline, growth, and connection is filled with moments of both truth and humor, struggles and successes, and offers a glimmer of hope in the midst of ongoing political conflict.  
Country: Israel and USA
Release Date: 2013
Time: 88 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles
Director: Hilla Medalia
Guest Speaker: Hilla Medalia, Director Hilla Medalia is a George Foster Peabody Award winning director and producer. She received 3 Emmy Award nominations and won the Paris Human Rights Film Festival Jury Award, Fipa Biarritz Jury Award, Golden Warsaw Phoenix Award, Faito Doc Grand Jury Award, and more.
Opening Night Film, DocAviv 2013, Selected for Tribeca Film Festival