Dancing In Jaffa

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Dancing in Jaffa uses art to frame a cultural journey that's equal parts entertaining, uplifting, and edifying.

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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 10-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. (c) IFC Films

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  • Medalia is a bit of a natural, but the her film is scrappy and trite.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A well-meaning but shamelessly contrived feel-good documentary.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Dulaine is a force for good, and the film's likability outweighs any pessimism or cynicism.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This doc is a little scrappy, but it's very sweet.

    Feb 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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  • We barely get to know the children or see much of their dancing. By the time the winner of the competition is announced, it is not much of a surprise, and there is little emotional payout.

    May 2, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 1, 2014 | Full Review…

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