Dancing In Jaffa, hosted by Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland

The Chicago chapter of the program featured in the film, Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland (DCC), will be hosting a screening party Saturday May 3rd at 7:15pm.

The screening will include a special performance from the Chicagoland children who’ve participated in the 10-week program and a Q&A with Executive Director Maren Oslac and local school officials.

The screening will kick off with a pre-party for Reserved and VIP guests and a VIP after party immediately following the screening. Both pre and after parties will be held next door at the Music Box Theatre’s new event space.

*Tickets for this event can be purchased at DancingClassroomsChicagoland.org with a portion of the proceeds from these tickets will going directly to the DCC. Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland is run by the nonprofit organization Heart & Sole Dance Foundation (HSDF), based out of Tinley Park.

Dancing in Jaffa

directed by Hilla Medalia starring Pierre Dulaine, Yvonne Marceau, Alaa Bubali in English, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles

Religion tore the city apart, can dance bring it together?

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.

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