Dancing in Jaffa. Film. kNow Productions.
Dancing In Jaffa is a feature length documentary film that follows Pierre Dulaine’s journey to Jaffa to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching dance to Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli children, then pairing them in a competition. Pierre is an Internationally renowned ballroom dancer and dance instructor whose famous program, Dancing Classrooms, introduced ballroom dancing to the NYC public schools. He started with 30 children in the mid- 1990s and since then more than over 300,000 children have participated in his program. Dancing in Jaffa is both the story of Pierre’s homecoming to a city challenged by change and that of his 10-year old students’ transformation from reluctant participants in a dance competition to determined performers representing their diverse and divisive community. Through dance, Pierre’s program teaches the children to be proud of who you are, but to respect and embrace others. The film follows 4 children, the way they learn to dance, adapt to their partners, handle the challenges of the competition, and begin to trust one another. Amazing.