Dir. Hilla Medalia (23min, Israel/USA, 2013)
In Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles
DC Premiere 

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has a burning desire to use dance for social good, teaming Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children as ballroom partners.

Born in Jaffa in 1944, Dulaine returns 30 years after leaving as a young man, and finds a society even more deeply and stringently divided than before – immediately, he sets about teaching grade-school children to dance. This magical documentary tracks the young students as they overcome cultural boundaries to connect in the joy of dance.

Playing as part of the Shorts Program Fluttering Hearts & Longing Bellies

Co-Presented by Israeli Dance Festival DC and Washington DC Hebraists

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Sunday, March 1, 4:30 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW at I Street
Washington, DC

Speaker & Events
Producer Diane Nabatoff and subject Pierre Dulaine in conversation following the screening.

Karen Kohn Bradley, Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland will join producer Diane Nabatoff and subject Pierre Dulaine in conversation at the Library of Congress as part of our daily talks on Wednesday, March 5. Click here for more information.

hila medaliaHilla Medalia holds a Master’s Degree in Film and Television from Southern Illinois University which she attended on a Track and Field scholarship, competing in the Triple Jump. She credits her love for films and passion for storytelling leading her to study film.
Hilla Medalia has created a moving film that highlights the power of dance to unite even the most divided of worlds. We expect this film to be talked about well beyond the dance community since it has such a powerful global message.

-Madeline Raynor, Indiewire

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