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Aravim rokdim (Dancing Arabs)

ERAN RIKLIS
ISRAEL/FRANCE/GERMANY 2014, 105′
Screenplay: Sayed Kashua
Cinematography: Michael Wiesweg BVK
Editing: Isabelle Ingold
Sound: Rolf Manzei,Gil Toren, Herve Buirette
Production: UCM (Israel), Riva Film (Germany), Heimatfilm (Germany), MACT Productions (France) & Alma Film Productions (France)
Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Yael Abecassis

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Israel, early 1990s. Eyad, a Palestinian-Israeli boy from the town of Tira, is accepted into a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. He finds himself struggling with issues of language, culture, and identity – trying to survive and to find his way in a place where war constantly rages around him. He develops a bold friendship with Yonatan, a boy with muscular dystrophy, and falls in love with a Jewish girl named Naomi. Eyad realizes that in order to be accepted as an equal, in order to allay people’s suspicions, in order to work, to love, and, above all, to belong – he has to make personal sacrifices.

DancingArabs-directorEranRiklis-1ERAN RIKLIS
Eran Riklis is a graduate of the National Film School in Beaconsfield, UK, and also studied at the film department of Tel Aviv University. He is one of Israel’s most acclaimed film makers and has been working as director, writer and producer for more than thirty years. He directed many successful films such as The Syrian Bride (2004), which won 16 international awards, including Best Film in Montreal and the Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival, and Lemon Tree (2008) winner of the Audience Award at the Berlin and San Sebastian film festivals.