Dancing Arabs (Aravim Rokdim) by Eran Riklis (Israel, 2014, 105 min.). First love, school bullies, British New Wave … and SCUD missiles. This bittersweet drama set in the late 1980s from director Eran Riklis (Syrian Bride, Human Resource Manager) adapts two semi-autobiographical novels by Sayed Kashua (Haaretz columnist and Arab Labor creator). Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom), a whip-smart but introverted Israeli-Arab boy earns a scholarship to Jerusalem’s most prestigious boarding school. Isolated and lonely at first, Eyad slowly overcomes social, cultural and language barriers, and finds romance with classmate Naomi. Soon, though, personal tragedy and politics intrude on his adolescent idyll, and Eyad must make impossible decisions about who he will be in a divided country. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. Massachusetts Premiere.
“A heartfelt, moving film..the performances are uniformly excellent. Anyone who sees the film will understand far more about the reality [in Israel] than they could learn from any article or editorial,” Jerusalem Post.