DANCING IN JAFFA
Dir. Hilla Medalia (84min, Israel/USA, 2013)
In Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles
Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has a burning desire to use dance for social good, teaming Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children as ballroom partners.
Born in Jaffa in 1944, Dulaine returns 30 years after leaving as a young man, and finds a society even more deeply and stringently divided than before – immediately, he sets about teaching grade-school children to dance. This magical documentary tracks the young students as they overcome cultural boundaries to connect in the joy of dance.
Co-Presented by Israeli Dance Festival DC and Washington DC Hebraists
Producer Diane Nabatoff and subject Pierre Dulaine in conversation following the screening.
Karen Kohn Bradley, Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland will join producer Diane Nabatoff and subject Pierre Dulaine in conversation at the Library of Congress as part of our daily talks on Wednesday, March 5. Click here for more information.
Hilla Medalia holds a Master’s Degree in Film and Television from Southern Illinois University which she attended on a Track and Field scholarship, competing in the Triple Jump. She credits her love for films and passion for storytelling leading her to study film.