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Help us share Pierre Dulaine's journey, as he bridges the gap between Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli children through dance.

Now, more than ever, the message of Dancing in Jaffa is critical, due to the recent events in Israel and Palestine.

THE STORY

Renowned ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11 year old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis.

What occurs is magical and transformative.

Ballroom dance teaches life skills: etiquette, self-esteem, discipline, and confidence. Most importantly, it teaches self-respect and respect for your partner. When Pierre started the program, the children were spitting on each other. At the end of 10 weeks, they were holding each other and respecting each other.

Pierre believes if we can change the children, we can change the future.

We have the ability to touch thousands of lives with this film and convert old conversations into new partnerships and community. Although the film takes place in Jaffa, racism, hatred and prejudice are global issues. This is a film about the power of art in a community with deep-seated resentment and prejudice.

It is a story of defying expectations and believing that we are all capable of change.

WHAT WE NEED & WHERE WE ARE

We are so pleased to have received support from the Israeli Broadcaster, Keshet, Righteous Persons Foundation, Shine Global, Fohs Foundation, and the Gesher Fund. We have participated in IFP's "Project Forum" and Film Independent's "Documentary Lab," as well as pitched the film at Good Pitch and the Hamptons International Film Festival "Pitch-In"

We now need money to finish the film.

We are three weeks away from a final cut but do not have the necessary funding. Your contribution will help us finish editing and license music rights so we can apply to film festivals.

By helping us finish the film, you will be a part of spreading the word that change is possible in a time where it is needed more than ever.

Support the future with Dancing in Jaffa.

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Thank you!

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Over the past two years, our team has had to coordinate across continents, which brought inevitable challenges. But we’ve done it, and we’re almost finished! As we wrap up our last stages of editing for Dancing in Jaffa, we will be pursuing distribution. Once we find our distributor, there may be delays in delivering DVDs and the availability of streaming as the distributor may want to wait until after theatrical release. However, we will get these rewards to our supporters as soon as humanly possible.

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    In the Jewish culture, the number 18 and its multiples are said to bring luck. Bring yourself (and us!) good luck and you will get a very big THANK YOU email from Pierre and director Hilla Medalia + all the above!

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    Join the our supporters onscreen with a very big THANK YOU on the Dancing in Jaffa website! Plus a Digital Download and DVD of the completed film when it’s available, and a Dancing in Jaffa T-shirt! (Please add $5 to pledge for shipping and $7 internationally.)

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    Want to learn more about the film industry from one of our very own? Have a private PHONE CALL with our DIRECTOR and/or PRODUCER and ask away! Plus a Digital Download and DVD of the completed film when it’s available, Dancing Classrooms T-shirt, a Dancing in Jaffa T-shirt, and a Thank You on the website! (Please add $5 to pledge for shipping and $7 internationally.)

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    Want to have an EXCLUSIVE SEMINAR with our DIRECTOR and PIERRE? Join both over Skype! Plus a Digital Download and DVD of the completed film when its available, a Dancing in Jaffa T-shirt, and a Thank You on the website! (Please add $5 to pledge for shipping and $7 internationally.)

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    Want to watch Pierre in action? You will get to watch a class that Pierre teaches, either in New York or Jaffa, and see the wonderful work he does and the children whose lives he changes. Plus a Digital Download and DVD of the completed film when it's available, a Dancing in Jaffa T-shirt, and a Thank You on the website! (Please add $5 to pledge for shipping and $7 internationally.)

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    Here is your chance to learn from the man himself! Receive a PRIVATE DANCE CLASS with YOU and SIX other couples from Pierre for 90 minutes in his New York studio! Plus a Digital Download and DVD of the completed film when its available, a signed copy of Hilla's award-winning directorial debut, "TO DIE IN JERUSALEM," a Dancing in Jaffa T-shirt, and a Thank You on the website! (Please add $5 to pledge for shipping and $7 internationally.)

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    Here is your chance to meet the children Pierre teaches! Not only will you receive two reserved seats to the annual New York City Dancing Classrooms competition, but you will also get to meet the children competing in 2013! Plus a Digital Download and DVD of the completed film when its available, a signed copy of Hilla's award-winning directorial debut, "TO DIE IN JERUSALEM," a Dancing in Jaffa T-shirt, and a Thank You on the website! (Please add $5 to pledge for shipping and $7 internationally.)

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    Let’s go to the movies! We will arrange a PRIVATE NEW YORK SCREENING of Dancing in Jaffa for YOU and YOUR FRIENDS! Plus a Digital Download and DVD of the completed film when its available,a signed copy of Hilla's award-winning directorial debut, "TO DIE IN JERUSALEM," a Dancing in Jaffa T-shirt, and a Thank You on the website! (Please add $5 to pledge for shipping and $7 internationally.)

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