On Wednesday, May 28, the Ross Theater in Lincoln is screening “Dancing in Jaffa,” a documentary film about bringing Israeli and Palestinian children together through ballroom dancing. Free bus transportation from Omaha to Lincoln is being provided for those who would like to attend.
Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a lifelong dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, Israel. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.
The bus will depart from the Jewish Community Center at 3:30 p.m. for a 5:15 p.m. screening. There will be a no-host dinner at Lazlo’s following the film, with a return to Omaha at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The cost is $5.50 per person for a ticket to the film, plus dinner.
If you would like to attend, please contact Mark Kirchhoff, 402-334-6463 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to RSVP.