Dancing Arabs

direction: Eran Riklis

105 minutes

Saturday, 8.2.



The story of Eyad, a boy who grew up in an Arab town in Israel, and was given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem – the first and only Arab to be accepted to it. Eyad desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish piers and Israeli society. He develops a friendship with Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of Jonathan’s family, lending strength to Edna, Jonathan’s single parent. Eyad falls in love with a Jewish girl – Naomi – and their relationship develops in secret until it falls apart and Eyad leaves the school. Eyad is an outsider, but he wants to belong, not really knowing to whom and to what … and so he realizes that he must sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. He has to take a decision that will change his life forever.