“Dancing in Jaffa” opens in theaters in the U.S. today (April 25). Do your best quick step over to a theater near you.
I was thrilled to connect Pierre Dulaine with the Washington Jewish Film Festival for their screening of “Dancing in Jaffa” in March. The documentary won the festival’s Audience Award. “Dancing in Jaffa” is Pierre’s second documentary featuring his highly praised Dancing Classrooms method for children as seen in his first film “Mad Hot Ballroom.”
Jaffa (also called Jopho) is an ancient port city in Israel where Pierre (son of a Palestinian/French Catholic mother and Irish Protestant father), was born in 1944. The family left in 1948. Jaffa has a population of both Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens. In this atmosphere the children are asked to “dance with the enemy” as Pierre describes the challenge he takes upon himself.
If you’re looking for a pick-me-up after the winter blahs, “Dancing in Jaffa” will put a “spring” back in your step. Find a theatre near you.