DANCING IN JAFFA

By Hilla MEDALIA

DOGMA FILMS

Documentary - Completed 2013


    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Hilla MEDALIA
    • Synopsis
    • After decades abroad, acclaimed ballroom champion Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel, nostalgic for the streets of his youth but nervous about the strong current of racial animosity that now serves as the norm. Fuelled by his belief in dancing’s power to build self-esteem and social awareness, Dulaine brings his popular Dancing Classrooms program to five diverse, Jaffa-based schools where he teaches ballroom basics to the ethnically mixed population of children. Dulaine selects the most focused dancers to train for a citywide competition, pairing Palestinians with Jews, putting many of the children’s and, more pointedly, their families’ beliefs to the test.
      As Dulaine’s passion for dance and his no-nonsense style rubs off on the reluctant children, the competition offers a window into their lives. Dancing in Jaffa shows how these historical arch enemies forge an innocent but ultimately meaningful relationship that quickly takes on a much larger significance than initially meets the eye - a glimmer of hope in the intractable conflict.
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