Dancing Arabs

Synopsis: A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Eran Riklis
Production: Strand Releasing
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

The kid's on the roof again?

What a cheapskate.

Eyad, a bit to the right.

- Now?

- And now?

- Shitty TV! Only gets Israel.

- It must be the weather.

Abu Nidal, don't be so cheap!

I show four new movies every day.

- Tell him, a bit to the left.

- A bit to the left.

And now...?

It's good! Stop!

The mighty Syrian army is ready for war

They're probably flying to Lebanon.

God willing, they won't come back.


- Dad!

- What happened?

Eyad fell!

Oh God!

- Is he alright?

- Eyad, my dear.

- Can you hear me?

- When will you give up on that antenna, Salah?

When he wakes up,

we'll get a new color TV and cable, too.

Just wake up, son.

- Can you hear me?

- Wake up.

- Hello, Wajdi.

- Hello, Samir. Do you know the answer?

It's Baghdad.

Correct answer, Samir!

You win a Parker pen...

- Good picture, right?

- Very nice.

- Can I say something?

- Sure!

Blessings to Salah on his son's recovery.

- Hear that, Eyad?

- A thousand blessings. Bye.

I welcome Abu Nidal,

who's finally subscribed to my cable channel.

Salah, you're late.

No sour cream. Eyad, run to the store!

- Hello. Good morning.

- Good morning.

100 cartons of sour cream at 340 shekels each,

and 10 kilos of yellow cheese

at 7,500 shekels a kilo. How much?


122,500. Thank you, Eyad.

- You trust a little kid?

- Wow! You make 73% profit on the cheese?


Let's keep that between us, OK?

He's not just any kid, he's a genius.

What took you so long?

- Did you get the sour cream?

- Yes.


- I'm coming.

- Let's go!

- Hurry up!

- Alright, I'm coming.

Give me a hand.

- You said that Dad was the best in school?

- Yes, he was.

- So why and how did he become a fruit picker?

- Why and how?

Why? Because of the State.

And how?

Because your father got involved in politics.

It ruined his life.

May Allah forgive your father.

This is Palestine.

That's the real name of this country,

not Israel.


So the second wave of Jews

drained the swamps and...

Sorry, I just need five minutes.

- Go ahead, sir.

- Listen to me.

We have a very important guest from America.

His name is Ya'akov Newman. Please.

- Greetings!

- Greetings!

I belong to a group called Children for Peace.

Shut up, all of you.

You'll never be anything

but street cleaners and fruit pickers.

We believe that peace should start with you,

the Arabs living inside of Israel.

We believe in children making bridges.

The Jews are coming to visit us next week,

so tell your parents to get ready.

We don't want to be embarrassed.

You hear me, morons?

As the Israeli army invades Lebanon,

the Israeli Minister of Defense,

Ariel Sharon, stated that

a 40 km security zone

will be enforced inside Lebanon...

Why aren't you in bed?

I can't sleep. What are you doing?

We're preparing tor the demonstration tomorrow

against the war in Lebanon.

Can I come with you?


But you can help us.

Hello, sir.

- How are you?

- Fine.

Here. Draw our flag.

And don't do the colors the wrong way round.

Black on top, green at the bottom.


God, please protect my son,

his children and all children.

Protect the Palestinian kids in Lebanon.

Now pay attention, dear.

Careful, dear. Slowly.

There you go.

- See the blue suitcase?

- Yes.

Sit down.

You're a big boy now

and the only one I trust. OK?


When I die,

your aunts will come to wash my body.

Take the key from the sewing kit

and tell them:

My grandma asked to be wrapped

in the shrouds she bought in Mecca.

The shrouds are in the blue suitcase.

Understand? Eyad...

What's wrong?

Eyad, run to the store.

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Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua (Arabic: سيد قشوع‎, Hebrew: סייד קשוע‎; born 1975) is an Palestinian-Israeli author and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in the Hebrew language. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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