An extraordinary bridge-building effort in Israel is given the ordinary movie treatment in the documentary "Dancing in Jaffa."
The film follows Pierre Dulaine, a former four-time world champion in ballroom dancing, as he returns to his birthplace: Jaffa, Israel, where a third of the population is — like his mother — Palestinian.
‘Dancing in Jaffa’
Opens Friday, May 2, at the Tower Theatre; not rated, but probably PG for language and discussions of war; in English, and in Hebrew and Arabic, with subtitles; 90 minutes.
Dulaine’s dream is to teach ballroom dancing to Palestinian and Jewish students and get them to dance together. It’s a noble mission, trying to establish personal connections to overcome decades of conflict.
Alas, director Hilla Medalia takes a very conventional, root-for-the-underdog approach to the story that doesn’t dig into the intractable attitudes Dulaine encounters from wary parents and giggling students.
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