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Dancing in Jaffa


Presented by Sundance Selects | Israel | Apr 11th, 2014 | 88 MINS | NR

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.



  • Hilla Medalia


  • Diane Nabatoff
  • Neta Zwebner-Zaibert and Hilla Medalia

Executive Producers

  • Morgan Spurlock
  • Jeremy Chilnick
  • LaToya Jackson
  • Jeffre Phillips
  • Nigel Lythgoe
  • Dan Setton
  • Jody and John Arnold
  • Robert Machinist and Jonathan Shukat


  • Philip Shane and Hilla Medalia