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West Bank Story (2005)

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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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)
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Mohammed
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Menorah Mickey
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Bruce (as Ramon del Barrio)
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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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История западного берега  »

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$74,000 (estimated)
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Ahmed: Your side of the screen is encroaching on my side of the screen.
Ariel: No. You are clearly tainting my side of the screen.
Ahmed: Excuse me? Its *my* side of the screen!
AhmedAriel: [simultaneously] You back up and start listening to me! You're *clearly* tainting my side of the screen!
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hilariously worthwhile
23 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw West Bank Story yesterday at the opening of the Boston International Film Festival. Despite being only 22 minutes in length, the director, Ari Sandel, brilliantly takes a parodistic approach to the movie-musical genre, but combines this with a satirical, yet poignant perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian dilemma. All of this is woven together, even while honoring the original inspiration for the plot (Romeo and Juliet, and later, West Side Story). Prepare yourself for dancing menorahs, choreographed falafel-making, and a full dose of ethnic stereotypes. The final product is visibly well-rehearsed, to-the-point, and quite hysterical. Go see this film!


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