Dance Film Sundays: Dancing in Jaffa

Dance Film Sundays: Dancing in Jaffa

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

2:00 pm | $10/$6 members

Dancing in Jaffa (2013) is a documentary film about Israeli and Palestinian children learning the basics of ballroom dancing, paired off together, and taught by the extraordinary Pierre Dulaine. Mad Hot Ballroom documented the successful decades old New York City Dancing Classroom program, the popular film Take The Lead dramatized his true-life story, and now, world champion ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to Jaffa, the city of his birth, to teach children to “dance with the enemy.” We watch Dulaine transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.

“Charming,” says the New York Times. Dancing in Jaffa was directed by Hilla Medalia, writer/director of After The Storm, winner of the Woodstock Film Festival Audience Award. Among its notable producers is Diane Nabatoff (Take The Lead). The documentary features Yvonne Marceau, Dulaine’s long-time dancing partner, and a cast of bright-eyed and irresistible 10-year old Israelis and Palestinians. The film was recently seen at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and has been released world-wide.

Dance Film Sundays, a series which started in June 2010 under the auspices of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Rosendale Theatre.