Dancing in Jaffa

Visit Project

Renowned ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11 year old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. What occurs is magical and transformative.

August 15, 2014

  • JaffaBanner_US_Short

To purchase the film, click here!

Directed by Hilla Medalia
Produced by Diane Nabatoff, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert and Hilla Medalia
Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, La Toya Jackson & Jeffré Phillips, Nigel Lythgoe, Dan Setton, Jody and John Arnhold, Robert Machinist, Jonathan Shukat.

About the Film

Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.