By Indiewire | Indiewire December 17, 2012 at 11:28AM
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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.
When Pierre started the program, the children were spitting on each other. At the end of 10 weeks, they were holding each other and respecting each other.
Pierre believes if we can change the children, we can change the future.
This is a story about defying expectations and believing that we are all capable of change.
Director/Producer: Hilla Medalia ("To Die in Jerusalem," "After the Storm," "Caught in the Net")
Producer: Diane Nabatoff ("Take the Lead," "Narc")
Producer: Neta Zwebner-Zaibert ("Caught in the Net," "Numbered")
Director of Photography: Daniel Kedem ("Life in Stills," "Long Distance," "Under the Rug")
Editor: Bob Eisenhardt ("Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing," "Lightning in a Bottle," "Valentino: The Last Emperor")
Editor: Philip Shane ("Being Elmo")
Executive Producers: Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick ("Super Size Me," "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?")
About the Production:
"Now, more than ever, the message of Dancing in Jaffa is critical, due to the recent events in Israel and Palestine.
This is a film about the power of art in a community with deep-seated resentment and prejudice. Ballroom dance teaches life skills: etiquette, self-esteem, discipline, and confidence. Most importantly, it teaches self-respect and respect for your partner and that one doesn't preclude the other.
We have the ability to touch thousands of lives with this film and convert old conversations into new partnerships and community. Although the film takes place in Jaffa, racism, hatred and prejudice are global issues. " -- Diane Nabatoff