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The film is an AffectionateParody of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' set in the context of the ArabIsraeliConflict. As such, follows the ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' story of Fatima, a Muslim restaurant employee, and David, a Jewish soldier, who are the close relatives of the antagonistic owners of two falafel restaurants in the West Bank: respectively, the Palestinian "Hummus Hut" and the Israeli "Kosher King". As David and Fatima's romance blossoms, the conflict between the two factions comes to a head. This being a comedy, however, the story resolves on a more positive note than its predecessor.

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The film is an AffectionateParody of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' set in the context of the ArabIsraeliConflict.UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. As such, follows the ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' story of Fatima, a Muslim restaurant employee, and David, a Jewish soldier, who are the close relatives of the antagonistic owners of two falafel restaurants in the West Bank: respectively, the Palestinian "Hummus Hut" and the Israeli "Kosher King". As David and Fatima's romance blossoms, the conflict between the two factions comes to a head. This being a comedy, however, the story resolves on a more positive note than its predecessor.



* RecycledInSpace: ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' [[AC:in the twenty-first century ArabIsraeliConflict!]]

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* RecycledInSpace: ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' [[AC:in the twenty-first century ArabIsraeliConflict!]] UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict!]]


'''West Bank Story''' is a short [[TheMusical musical]] comedy film from 2005, directed by Ari Sandel. In 2006 it won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestLiveActionShortFilm.

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'''West ''West Bank Story''' Story'' is a short [[TheMusical musical]] comedy film from 2005, directed by Ari Sandel. In 2006 it won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestLiveActionShortFilm.


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: David, Ahmed and Ariel, if this is considered an adaptation of ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: David, Ahmed and Ariel, if this is considered an adaptation of ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.Ariel's counterparts in ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' all died.

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* BadJobWorseUniform: The employees of Hummus Hut and Kosher King wear hats displaying the food they sell; also, Kosher King has a mascot, a man dressed as a giant menorah. Lampshaded by Fatima when she is accosted by a soldier on the street.


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* BurgerFool: Well, Duelling Falafel Fools at any rate.


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* GangOfHats: The employees of the two rival establishments each have a uniform with a hilariously overdone hat decorated with a model of the food they sell.


** "When I See Him" is highly reminiscent of "I Have a Love".



** "When I See Him" is highly reminiscent of "I Have a Love".

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** "When I See Him" "This Moment is highly reminiscent of "I Have a Love".All We Have" takes place during an iconic "balcony scene", during which David calls to Fatima to come down, and then ascends himself.


* LighterAndSofter: Very pronounced, in comparison to both ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' and ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Most importantly, there is no death; only property destruction.

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* LighterAndSofter: Very pronounced, in comparison to both ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' and ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Most importantly, there is much less violence and no death; only property destruction.


'''West Bank Story''' is an Academy Award-winning short [[TheMusical musical]] comedy film from 2005, directed by Ari Sandel.

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'''West Bank Story''' is an Academy Award-winning a short [[TheMusical musical]] comedy film from 2005, directed by Ari Sandel.Sandel. In 2006 it won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestLiveActionShortFilm.

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'''West Bank Story''' is an Academy Award-winning short [[TheMusical musical]] comedy film from 2005, directed by Ari Sandel.

The film is an AffectionateParody of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' set in the context of the ArabIsraeliConflict. As such, follows the ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' story of Fatima, a Muslim restaurant employee, and David, a Jewish soldier, who are the close relatives of the antagonistic owners of two falafel restaurants in the West Bank: respectively, the Palestinian "Hummus Hut" and the Israeli "Kosher King". As David and Fatima's romance blossoms, the conflict between the two factions comes to a head. This being a comedy, however, the story resolves on a more positive note than its predecessor.

!!This production contains examples of:

* AdaptationalHeroism: David does not make any bad decisions and does not kill anyone, unlike the sympathetic [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] he is based on, [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]] and [[Theatre/WestSideStory Tony]].
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', with many comedic references to the earlier musical.
* AngryMobSong: "We're Gonna Build It".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: "Our People Must Be Fed" ends with a split screen showing the employees of the Hummus Hut and Kosher King finishing their song inside their respective restaurants. Ariel and Ahmed then turn and accuse each other of encroaching on their side of the screen.
* DistantDuet: "When I See Him/Her".
* DoubleEntendre: When Fatima gives David a bag of hummus, she tells him that she'll give it to him any time he wants, and quickly clarifies that she is referring to hummus.
* {{Expy}}: The main characters are based on those from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'': David = Tony, Fatima = Maria, Ariel = Riff, Ahmed = Bernardo.
* LetThePastBurn: Both restaurants burn to the ground in the climax; in response, David and Fatima lead their respective factions to pool together their resources to serve the customers on an outdoor table.
* LighterAndSofter: Very pronounced, in comparison to both ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' and ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Most importantly, there is no death; only property destruction.
* LoveAcrossBattlelines: Naturally, considering what the story is based on.
* MistakenForTerrorist: Fatima chases a customer with a package of hummus that he left behind, and is accosted and interrogated by a Jewish soldier. Fortunately, David steps in and defuses the situation.
* ObliviousToLove: At the beginning of the story, David and Fatima each love each other from afar, but each of them is unaware of the other's interest.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' [[AC:in the twenty-first century ArabIsraeliConflict!]]
* SeriousBusiness: In this story, the infamous conflict of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' takes place between two... fast food restaurants.
* ShoutOut: Many of them, to ''Theatre/WestSideStory'':
** The opening number involves the two groups snapping their fingers and dancing in a similar way to the Jets and Sharks.
** "We're Gonna Build It" strongly recalls the "Tonight" Quintet from Act 1 of the earlier musical.
** "When I See Him" is highly reminiscent of "I Have a Love".
** At the end of the story, David promises Fatima that if their families cannot stop fighting, he will "take you to a place called... Beverly Hills'', a reference to "Somewhere".
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: The AngryMobSong "We're Gonna Build It" counterpoised with David and Fatima's tender duet "This Moment is All We Have".
* SparedByTheAdaptation: David, Ahmed and Ariel, if this is considered an adaptation of ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
* TwiceShy: David and Fatima, in spades. They even sing a DistantDuet about how each wishes the other would notice them. It is only when Fatima is MistakenForTerrorist by David's colleague, and David steps in to intervene, that they actually meet and talk for the first time.
* WhatTheHellHero: Fatima calls out both factions for their behavior when each celebrates the destruction of the other's restaurant, after which David steps up and fells the wall separating the two properties.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: There are no villains; David and Fatima are the most heroic characters, and both manage to persuade their respective factions to, at least grudgingly, work together at the end.

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