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Dancing Arabs (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 November 2014 (Israel)
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A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writers:

Sayed Kashua (screenplay), Sayed Kashua (novel)
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tawfeek Barhom ... Eyad
Razi Gabareen Razi Gabareen ... Young Eyad
Yaël Abecassis ... Edna
Michael Moshonov ... Yonatan
Ali Suliman ... Salah
Danielle Kitsis ... Naomi (as Daniel Kitsis)
Marlene Bajali ... Aisha
Laëtitia Eïdo ... Fahima
Norman Issa ... Jamal
Khalifa Natour ... Bassem
Kais Natour Kais Natour ... Wassim
Loai Nofi ... Wajdi
Rona Lipaz-Michael Rona Lipaz-Michael ... Headmistress in Jerusalem
Shirili Deshe ... Literature Teacher
Keren Tzur Keren Tzur ... History Teacher
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Storyline

A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Israel | Germany | France

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew | English | German

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Mis hijos See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,798, 17 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$281,059, 11 October 2015
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At around 1 hr there is a scene in which the main character sits on his dorm room bed and stares forlornly at the wall upon which there is a New York State license plate. The plate's design was initiated in 2010, but the scene in the film takes place in 1990. See more »

Connections

References Wings of Desire (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rape Song
from the rock opera "Mami"
Lyrics: Hillel Mittlepunkt
Composed by Ehud Banai, Yossi Bar Haim
Arranged and Produced by Yonatan Riklis
Performed by 'Poster Bots" and Rotem Alajem
Recorded and Mixed by Keren Biton
Assistant: Amit Shtriker at DB Studios
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Director Eran Riklis asks what does it mean to be an Arab in Israel ?
11 March 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Director Eran Riklis is a filmmaker with great responsibilities on his shoulders. Although Arabs citizens are a minority in Israel, no special treatment is reserved for them. This aspect of Israeli society, its rules and regulations have been depicted by him in this film. It revolves around a young boy who has to make personal sacrifices in order to be accepted in Israeli society. It is no surprise that his life undergoes major upheavals when he is accepted with some reticence, reservations in a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem. It is not a generalization when it is said that anybody can face issues related to culture, identity and language. If watched from this perspective, 'Dancing Arabs' is neither 100% pro Arab nor 100% anti Israel. "What does it mean to be an Arab in Israel ?" This key questions emanates from this film. 'Dancing Arabs' was the opening film during 19th International Film Festival of Kerala. Its lead actor Tawfik Barhom was the darling of the local media in Kerala state of India for more than a week. Before him, no other actor from Israeli cinema managed to become so popular.


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