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NEWS/Dancing Arabs

Although a bit too sanitized, this tale of a young Arab trying to find his place in Israel is Eran Riklis' strongest film in years.

A young Arab in Israel struggles to find his place and an identity amid necessary compromises in Eran Riklis’ “Dancing Arabs,” a film designed to make Jews — not just Israelis — comfortable with Arabs. That is, until the finale, when bigoted alarmists may take home a more troubling message. Riklis’ strongest film in several years, this is another well-intentioned plea for coexistence, though apart from one scene that lays bare, with welcome righteousness, the disturbing orientalism infiltrating even Israeli intellectual circles, the whole thing is rather too scrubbed and clean. Precisely for this reason, it should play well internationally.


Tawfeek Barhom, Yael Abecassis, Michael Moshonov, Ali Suliman, Danielle Kitzis, Marlene Bajali, Laetitia Eido, Razi Gabareen, Norman Issa, Danni Berman. 


http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/film-review-dancing-arabs-1201277842/

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