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This doc is a little scrappy, but it's very sweet.
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.
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.
"Dancing in Jaffa" is a charming, often moving documentary about how dance can work magic in breaking down barriers.
While the movie can feel disjointed at times, bouncing around to cover so much territory, the climax of the kids's ballroom competition makes up for any quibbles.
A documentary that doesn't force-feed its message of hope but genuinely earns it.
Although Medalia may oversimplify her subjects, she also has an ability to get out of their way, operating with cinematographer Daniel Kedem with a true fly-on-the-wall style that seems to catch all involved at their most natural.
Watching the children move from the state they started in to the one with which the film ends is the centre of the film. There's surprise along the way for all, as well as some humour.
Still, this is, overall, a heartwarming and worthwhile film and one that is recommended for all ages.
Hopefully the leaders in the Middle East will take a look at this film as I'm sure Pierre could teach them all some new steps.
Despite the whiff of reality TV, only the very hard-hearted could fail to be charmed.
Medalia is a bit of a natural, but the her film is scrappy and trite.
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