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(aka "Dancing Arabs" or "Aravim rokdim" or "Mein Herz tanzt" or "Mon fils" )


directed by Eran Riklis
Israel/Germany/France 2014


Growing up in Palestine in the eighties, Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom, FAREWELL BAGHDAD) comes to understand that his father Salah (Ali Suliman, THE KINGDOM) is either a freedom fighter or a terrorist depending on course of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Although Salah was forced to leave school after being arrested, he has high hopes for his son when Eyad is accepted into a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem. Seemingly the only Arab at the school, Eyad has a difficult time fitting in with his poor Hebrew as well as the indignity of having to answer questions in class about the Palestinian-Israel conflict as they are reported in Israeli textbooks. He begins a flirtation with beautiful Israeli girl Naomi (Daniel Kitsis), carrying on in secret when on campus and encountering bigotry when seen together on the streets. When he volunteers to tutor Yonatan (Michael Moshonov), a student forced to study from home because of the muscular dystrophy that has crippled him, Eyad starts to develop a sense of humor about himself as their friendship grows (while still deeply resentful of the Arab stereotypes he comes across while reading the great Israeli authors Naomi admires). As the Americans enter Iraq, tensions between the Arabs and Jews at home escalate and Eyad feels even more marginalized. When Naomi tells her parents about her relationship with an Arab (which her mother feels is worse than her daughter turning out to be a lesbian or having cancer), Eyad learns that they will not allow her to return to school. Eyad leaves school so that Naomi can return and sees her in secret while studying externally and working in a restaurant kitchen (with no chance of a position as waiter because he is an Arab). As Yonatan's health deteriorates, his mother Edna (YaŽl Abecassis, KADOSH) invites Eyad to move in with them ostensibly to help Yonatan continue studying for exams even as more of his body shuts down. When Eyad sees Yonatan's ID card and notices how much they resemble one another (if only in the photograph), he borrows his friend's identity to get a higher paying job as a waiter (and to avoid being detained like other Arabs on the streets). When Edna finds out about it, her reaction is not what Eyad expects...

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 27 November 2014 (Israel)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:44:32

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.39 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Arabic/Hebrew/English/German Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:44)
� Previews (Zaytoun, The Cut, The Way He Looks, and Cupcakes)

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 2015

Chapters 8





Strand Releasing's high-bitrate, dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic encode suits the film's warm (almost parched) look of the period and setting. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is front-oriented but the surrounds stay active with chatter, city sounds, explosions, as well as source music and scoring. The sole extras are a trailer for the film and previews for four other Strand titles.

  - Eric Cotenas


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