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Dancing in Jaffa

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Uplifting docu promotes religious tolerance via dance.

Movie NR 2014 90 minutes
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This documentary works on multiple levels, promoting art as a source of self-confidence, while also teaching about religious tolerance, self-respect, and respect for others. For kids, there are some heavy themes here, such as the loss of a parent, military-style protests, and the constant threat of death in a war-torn region. But the lessons in Dancing in Jaffa are big ones: Children can be taught tolerance and may someday be the key to changing the fate of the region. Interestingly, the real power of Dulaine's message seems to be in reaching individual children in the film who lack confidence or an outlet and turning them on to an art form they'd never have been exposed to otherwise. That it also comes with humanizing children on "the other side" for them and fostering a new perspective on their differences is an incredible bonus.

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