Dancing in Jaffa

2013 NR 1h 40m DVD

Dancing in Jaffa

2013 NR 1h 40m DVD
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Confident that dance will dissolve political and cultural differences, celebrated ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel, after years abroad and teaches 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance together.
Pierre Dulaine
Hilla Medalia
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Dancing in Jaffa is a documentary about a ballroom dance teacher returning to his home in Israel to teach Palestinian and Jewish kids to dance together. There are some heavy themes: a girl whose father died when she was in first grade, casual discussions of relations between Arabs and Jews, wartime politics, protests, religious intolerance, and relatives who've met untimely deaths in the conflict in the region. Overall it's an incredibly open-minded, uplifting look at the difficulty of forging tolerance among even young children with an added emphasis on the value of dance, but young kids may not understand the politics.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


There's a persistent peril throughout the documentary due to the violence in the region where the documentary is filmed, as well as a few scenes of protest where there are religious chants such as, "Our souls and blood will be redeemed." In one scene, military police grapple with protesters. In others, adults talk of the harm done to loved ones, such as a sister-in-law blown up walking home.


Casually explicit language, such as a girl remarking that her dad "will kill her" if he sees her with an Arab.

Social Behavior

Dancing in Jaffa offers positive messages about religious tolerance, treating others with respect, commitment, the importance of music and dance, and the power of children to change the world.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some casual cigarette smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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