Dancing in Jaffa
Directed by Hilla Medalia
Produced by Diane Nabatoff, Neta Zwebner and Hilla Medalia
Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, La Toya Jackson & Jeffré Phillips, Nigel Lythgoe, Dan Setton, Jody and John Arnhold, Robert Machinist, Jonathan Shukat.
Director of Photography: Daniel Kedem
Editor: Philip Shane, Bob Eisenhardt A.C.E
About The Film
Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa.
For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together.
The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy.
We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.
In The Press
Latin Rhythms, Exported to the Mideast – ‘Dancing in Jaffa,’ a Documentary by Hilla Medalia
THE NEW YORK TIMES
by Andy Webster
Dancing in Jaffa: Film Review
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
by Frank Scheck
Dancing In Jaffa, film review: World-champion ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine stars in uplifting and gently comic documentary
by Geoffrey Macnab