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Dancing in Jaffa (PG)


Renowned ball-room dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together.

The critical consensus

Exasperatingly trite, but also rather sweet.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 09/02/2015

Medalia's documentary extols the importance of tolerance and may appeal to a younger audience.

***(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 09/02/2015

Dulaine is a force for good, and the film’s likability outweighs any pessimism or cynicism.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/02/2015

Dulaine calls it "a social development" programme. His efforts with the kids make for an uplifting and gently comic documentary.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 13/02/2015

Fun and sweet, but possibly lacking in any real emotional weight.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 13/02/2015

Despite the whiff of reality TV, only the very hard-hearted could fail to be charmed.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 15/02/2015

Hopefully the leaders in the Middle East will take a look at this film as I’m sure Pierre could teach them all some new steps.

****(*)Brigit Grant, Sunday Express, 22/02/2015

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday February 13, 2015, until Tuesday February 17, 2015. More info:

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