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A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, ... See full summary »

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A couple in their 30s decide to live it up before settling down into parenthood.

Director: Ari Sandel
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David
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Fatima
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Ariel
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Ahmed
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Ruvik
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Uri
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Mustafa
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Shlomo
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Mahmoud / Masked Palestinian with I.D. (as Shareef Abrams)
Daniella Diezba ...
Ludmila
Keith Lal ...
Mohammed
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Menorah Mickey
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Bruce (as Ramon del Barrio)
Anthony Shams ...
Palestinian Costumer
Roger Marks ...
Israeli Customer
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A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 58-year-old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chick pea in the Middle East? Written by Anonymous

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a little singing, a little dancing, a lot of hummus.


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20 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Ariel: This is the last straw!
[pause]
Ariel: Terrorist!
Ahmed: Occupier!
[everyone else assembled laughs derisively]
Ariel: Oh, yeah?
Ahmed: Yeah.
Ariel: Oh, yeah?
Ahmed: Oh, yeah!
Ariel: Oh, yeah?
[...]
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Excellent, Hilarious Satire from Director to Watch
30 April 2006 | by (adrift on the seas of life) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at the Boulder International Film Festival, and it was the highlight of the comedies. West Bank Story is a ruthlessly funny send-up of everything from Middle East tension to Hollywood musicals. I have no idea how much the filmmakers spent, but they went over the top for what appears to be a student film (USC). Great casting, music including a complete orchestral score, writing, production design - this has it all, especially for a short. I hope director Ari is able to find a career in Hollywood, because he deserves it. (OK, IMDb is forcing me to write more, so I'll tell you the movie featured a camel, clever sets, etc.)


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