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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

8 – 15 OCT 2022

Dancing Arabs


Original title: Dancing Arabs
German title: Mein Herz tanzt
105 min
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2014
Israel, Germany, France
from 15 years
FSK: from 6 approved
Direction: Eran Riklis
Script: nach dem Buch von Sayed Kashua, Sayed Kashua
Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Razi Gabareen

SCHLINGEL Year

2015 | German Focus


Additional Information
Camera
Michael Wiesweg
Cut
Richard Marizy
Music
Yonatan Riklis
Production
ARTE, UCM

Israel, in the late 1980’s: politically active Palestinian Salah, who is fighting for the independence of his people, proudly sends his son Eyad to an elite school in Jerusalem. There Eyad is the first and so far the only Palestinian student and therefore seeks to adapt to his Jewish classmates. Nevertheless, he soon starts to notice the prejudices of the Israelis, who even have trouble pronouncing his name correctly. The love between him and Naomi, a Jewish girl from his class, must therefore remain secret. Solely with seriously ill Israeli Yonatan, who Eyad looks after, Palestinian-Israeli reservations do not matter. The two outsiders become friends and Yonatan increasingly talks about the fact that they are very similar – both in character and in appearance. When Naomi's parents find out about their relationship and therefore forbid their daughter to go to school, events start happening very fast. Eyad leaves school and starts working. But he can only make money if he adopts Yonatan’s identity ...