Dancing in Jaffa Directed by Hilla Medalia | Israel/USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Hebrew/Arabic with subtitles | Family/Documentary
Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has a burning desire to use dance for social good, teaming Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children as ballroom partners. Born in Jaffa in 1944, Dulaine returns 30 years after leaving, and finds a society even more deeply and stringently divided than before. Immediately, he sets about teaching grade-school children to dance; Dulaine perseveres with his belief in the power of dance to build self-esteem and social awareness. The film intimately captures Dulaine and the Jaffa children's amazing journey as they are partnered with a Jewish or Palestinian boy or girl they had never met before from another school to compete in a dance contest. Filled with warmth, courage and lighthearted humor.
The 14th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, a program of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, runs March 20-30. Most films will be shown at Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic.
Dancing in Jaffa Screenings (choose date below) Monday, March 24, 7:15pm Sunday, March 30, 4:45pm
Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic (View)
2911 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031