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Dancing In Jaffa

HD   Unrated

Hilla Medalia

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About the Movie

Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches 11-year-old Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli children to dance and compete together. Dancing in Jaffa explores the complex stories of three different children, who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. The classroom becomes a microcosm of the Middle East's struggle to work together harmoniously while still caught in the politics of the region and race. With the guidance of Pierre, the children learn to dance together and trust one another. Dancing In Jaffa offers an up-close-and-personal perspective of how the future might unfold if the art of movement and dance could triumph over the politics of history and geography.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film's comforting denouement almost disperses any worries about what a fraught society these preteenagers stand to inherit. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Apr 10, 2014

Fresh: A surprising, well-crafted look at a ballroom-dancing program aimed at bridging gaps between Jewish and Palestinian children in Israel. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Apr 14, 2014

Fresh: A documentary that doesn't force-feed its message of hope but genuinely earns it. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Apr 17, 2014

Rotten: Dulaine comes off as grossly opportunistic, playing the compassionate clown with the children and using the most self-aggrandizing language imaginable to explain his methods to teachers and parents. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, May 1, 2014

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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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