Director: Hilla Medalia
Film Date & Time: Sunday Feb. 16, 3:00 pm – Limited Screening
Film Sponsor: Dr. Hillary and Rabbi Eliot Baskin, All About Braces
Festival Sponsor: Wagner Wealth Management
After decades abroad, renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel, nostalgic for the streets of his youth but nervous and dismayed by the strong current of racial animosity that now serves as the norm. Fueled by his belief in dancing’s power to build self-esteem and social awareness, Dulaine brings his popular Dancing Classrooms program to three 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, which tests the beliefs of the children and, more pointedly, those of their parents.
As Dulaine’s passion for dance and no-nonsense style of teaching rubs off on the reluctant children, the competition offers the perfect window into their lives. Dancing in Jaffa is a sweet and incredibly moving tale filled with moments of truth, poignancy and humor, offering a glimmer of hope in the intractable conflict. Colorado Premiere
Selected Awards & Festivals
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; Official Selection 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; U.K. Jewish Film Festival