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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 »

Director:

Ari Sandel

Writers:

Kim Ray, Ari Sandel
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Newmark ... David
Noureen DeWulf ... Fatima
A.J. Tannen ... Ariel
Joey Naber ... Ahmed
Haguy Wigdor ... Ruvik
Oren Rehany ... Uri
Nicholas Massouh ... Mustafa
Will Greenberg ... Shlomo
Sharif Ibrahim ... Mahmoud / Masked Palestinian with I.D. (as Shareef Abrams)
Daniella Diezba Daniella Diezba ... Ludmila
Keith Lal Keith Lal ... Mohammed
Assaf Cohen ... Menorah Mickey
Raymond Del Barrio ... Bruce (as Ramon del Barrio)
Anthony Shams Anthony Shams ... Palestinian Costumer
Roger Marks Roger Marks ... Israeli Customer
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

История западного берега See more »

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Budget:

$74,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Digital)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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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Spoofs Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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Excellent, Hilarious Satire from Director to Watch
30 April 2006 | by kirklottSee 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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