Hilla Medalia, Director, Dancing In Jaffa
The experience of sharing Dancing in Jaffa with the San Diego and Tijuana communities was very profound for me, both in terms of people’s reaction to the film, and the stimulating dialogue that later ensued.
Issues like these are as relevant to the community in Southern California, as they are to the Jaffa community. Where does the boundary between separation and assimilation lie?
These conversations spark discussion and consideration of these issues. The goal of the film, Dancing in Jaffa, is to present tolerance for one another regardless of what color your skin is. Pierre Dulaine believes that through dance and music, people get to know each other in a different way. Even though Jaffa is on a different continent, here in America, we have similar issues of negative feelings between communities. By dancing with each other, these negative feelings can be dissolved.
I am very grateful to Film Forward and MOPA for giving us the opportunity to share our work with the local audiences of San Diego and Tijuana. I am looking forward to the next trip.