By Magdaléna Paluchová
“When you dance you don’t recognize these are the Jews, the Arabs, the Japanese… When a human being dances with another human being something happens.“ (Pierre Dulaine)
Dancing in Jaffa is not the type of film that offers arguments dynamics, dramatic end, or at least produces heroic superhero. This film leaves a very controversial religious and cultural problem easy hover in the background and the foreground pulls mere essence of humanity. Humanity, mutual respect, trust acquired again.
Dancing in Jaffa certainly it’s not the kind of movie that puts you in the ass. Quite the contrary. Your feet will want to dance.
Not so much
conflict between Jews-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli people appeal to you, as a way of solving the problem what Hilla Medalia presents in his film. Film by Medalia is an example of how widely hackneyed theme takes place in a completely different light.
Pierre Dulaine, ballroom dancer, comes after years in his native Jeffy, where he has not been since his childhood. Comes to do something good for the local children. Frankly though, I think he knew from the beginning that if his message is fulfilled, he helps not only help Palestinian and Jewish children get excited for something special, and yet so natural as a dance, but it will help many Jeffy residents throw away prejudices and suppress innate discomfort of one group against another.
Pierre comes to Jeff’s schools with the idea of ballroom dancing lessons for children. Since the Jews and Palestinians studying separately
, the result of his efforts to be the Jews and the Palestinians danced together, the whole project wants to complete the dance competition.
We can see as Pierre selects its students. Parent meetings held to familiarize parents and kindly asked them about the election. We follow the surprised faces of parents and arguments as: ,,I can’t imagine that my daughter has to dance with Jew”, which convince us that the conflict that occurs between Jews and Palestinians directly affects the absolute rejection of a sort substantiality ignorance.
Pierre, however, ultimately selects his apprentices. No one is forcing the children to decide whether they want to participate, lessons transferred custody to a very comical way. Simply put with love. To dance, to children, the homeland. Pierre is undoubtedly a relevant figure in the story. His kindness snatch the audience. But the story is not about him.
Children are children. They have their own living atmosphere, where is a lack of pretense, as an adult atmosphere is. Because adults are moving within – what we should and what we should not. The kids do not. On the other hand, we can very quickly affect children, they do not require intensive explication. Medalia also puts forward an excellent treatment of this aspect.
Very funny, sincere processed images of children, which first stubbornly refuse to dance with a stranger, a man of another religion. Here we see reflects the influence of family, ethnicity.
Children do not want to touch, or it they touch, the sleeves are stretched on palms, and they say nasty words to each other. Here again we see that the children in the way of their no-pretending, are able to be very honest but cruel sometimes.
Reluctance of children to dance with ,,enemy” is trumped by pure unconditional children’s curiosity and the fact that Pierre and his graceful movements are lessons to children from Jeff as if someone from the American fairy suddenly appears in your kitchen.
In the middle of the film, the role of Pierre recedes into the background and dance lessons are interwoven profiles of children, showing how to influence whom.
The Israeli film production is not heartbreaking, but it is very warm, so you want to cry, dance, learn to Rumba. I wish he’d at least price Likeable film. The only thing that confuse me that the film occasionally passed into a kind of commerce, from the position of children sometimes were more about playing than natural course. We can only guess whether it is just too much thrilling for a particular thing, or is behind something artificial.
A Palestinian or Jew should write a completely different review. However, reject this emotional lightning idea would be to reject the head of a smaller boy who will ask you to dance. Rude. Dancing in Jeff does not solve the Jewish-Palestinian question. Captures the actions of a very small community. The film addresses the question, that there are no Jews or Palestinians, as long as one has the joy and goodness in his heart. The more so if it is a joy child. It captures that the world can be divided according to who to what God prays. But the good in us, however, is stable and if it is sincere, not a threat to the world.