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Dancing in Jaffa

Directed by: Hilla Medalia
100 Minutes, 2013, Other Israel Film Festival

Dancing in Jaffa follows the journey of internationally renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he returns to his birthplace, Jaffa, to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided with the two communities living side-by-side but growing increasingly apart. The film explores the stories of four children forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racism, as they dance with their enemies. We watch Pierre transform hundreds of lives over the course of four months with the belief that this will forever change the future and bridge the gap between the Jewish and Palestinian people.

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Director: Hilla Medalia

Producer: Jeremy Chilnick

Producer: Sydney Holland

Producer: LaToya Jackson

Producer: Nigel Lythgoe