Dancing in Jaffa Synopsis
Ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to Israel and teaches dance to ethnically mixed classes.
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Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
A documentary that doesn't force-feed its message of hope but genuinely earns it.
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90

Village Voice

By Daphne Howland
Medalia, as an Israeli, knows this bumpy territory well and serves up her story sensitively, but with its difficulties unvarnished and...
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
A surprising, well-crafted documentary.
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75

Washington Post

By Stephanie Merry
While the movie can feel disjointed at times, bouncing around to cover so much territory, the climax of the kids’s ballroom competition...
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75

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
“So how are you going to get them to dance together?” Dancing never explains how. Instead, as in similar films such as “Hoop Dreams,” it...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
While the film doesn’t dig deeply enough into the myriad political and social issues it raises, it’s nonetheless warmly entertaining,...
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70

The New York Times

By Andy Webster
Predictably, the film culminates in a dance competition, irresistible to behold and leading to an ending just about too pat to believe.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
When the grade-school kids are Israelis and Palestinians, the initially reluctant, moving duets they finally perform make you feel like,...
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Dancing in Jaffa

By susan.mirsky
I loved the film. To see children who do not want to dance with the opposite sex, no less the enemy, was palpable. And once they saw Pierre Dulaine and his long term partner dance, they could not...

Enjoyed a nuce glimpse of Israel snd Dancing, two of my favorite things!

By dlazicki
I'm not sure how this movie will appeal to others, but I the perfect audience, lol, a salsa dancing lover of Israel and Jaffa! intrigued by the Jewish / Muslim dynamic, Go see it. The kids are cute...

Great Film!

By leemute
Tells a great story of a man on a mission....

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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Uplifting docu promotes religious tolerance via dance.
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