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Watch: Exclusive Clip from Eran Riklis' 'Dancing Arab' Breaks Down Barriers

By Oliver MacMahon | Indiewire July 31, 2014 at 3:35PM

"Dancing Arabs," the newest film by Eran Riklis ("The Syrian Bride," "The Human Resources Manager," "Lemon Tree," "Zaytoun") is based on Sayed Kashua's tragicomic novel about a young Arab Israeli who tries to fit in to Jewish society, to the chagrin of his politically radical family.
Tawfeek Barhom
Tawfeek Barhom

Blending dark satire and a high-school setup, the Israeli film premiered earlier this year at the Jerusalem Film Festival and has so far received positive feedback and praise; it will show next Thursday, August 7, on the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival.

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Part of the film's charm is the depiction of the close friendship between Arab-Israeli Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom) and wheelchair-bound Jewish-Israeli Yonatan (Michael Moshonov). In the exclusive clip below, they can be seen openly teasing each other about the cliches of their backgrounds.

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