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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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... David
... Fatima
... Ariel
... Ahmed
... Ruvik
... Uri
... Mustafa
... Shlomo
... Mahmoud / Masked Palestinian with I.D. (as Shareef Abrams)
Daniella Diezba ... Ludmila
Keith Lal ... Mohammed
... Menorah Mickey
... 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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$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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great little piece of film-making - political satire at its entertaining best
20 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was fortunate to have seen this film at the Santa Cruz Film Festival this year and it was fantastic!! Humor, political satire, song, what's not to love? I was especially impressed with the quality of the writing - very sharp and funny- and the acting and film-making overall. Really well done and thoroughly entertaining. I expected to see some familiar names in the credits, say Spielberg or some such, but was surprised to learn it was a student film from USC. Top notch production quality and talent. The story line was so true to the Shakespearean plots in Romeo and Juliet (and West Side Story) but with a modern twist and sensibilities. Very timely political spin on the tensions of the West Bank. I will be looking for this on DVD as well as watching for new projects from this creative team. A must see!


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