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Interfaith Films at a/perture

posted May 26, 2014, 10:53 AM by Interfaith WS

Winston-Salem is fortunate to have the a/perture cinema.  It brings a wide range of movies downtown, including frequent showings of films that touch on interfaith issues.  Two such films are on the horizon:  “Dancing in Jaffa,” which begins June 6, and “Ida,” which begins June 20.  If you plan to attend, let other interfaith friends know (you can use Interfaith Winston-Salem’s Facebook page ( to invite others to join you).

“Dancing in Jaffa” Synopsis

Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, "Dancing Classrooms," back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps toward real change.


 “Ida” Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.