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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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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:

West Bank Story 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

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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Spoofs Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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West Bank Story is a worthy Oscar-winning live-action short I watched on YouTube
18 January 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this Oscar-winning live-action short on YouTube. In a parody of West Side Story, a Jewish soldier and a Palestinian young lady fall in love despite each families' rival fast food restaurants standing close to each other amid their hostilities. There are plenty of funny gags that make fun of the two nationalities' customs and stereotypes but there's also some touching scenes between the couple as well as some satirical lines that cut through the sentimentality. And, yes, some songs that parody the "Romeo and Juliet in New York" musical that provide some of the brightest moments. All I can say now is, West Bank Story is well worth watching for anyone who loves seeing musical satire done with a sharp wit.


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