West Bank Story (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

West Bank Story (2005)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Ari Sandel's allegorical musical comedy short West Bank Story observes the forbidden romance that blossoms between Israeli soldier David and Palestinian fast food cashier Fatima, who meet and fall for one another, despite the intense rivalry between their parents' competing falafel stands on the tumultuous West Bank. Conflict builds when the pastry machine owned by The Kosher King accidentally edges over onto land owned by The Hummus Hut. This prompts the Palestinians to destroy the machine, and the Israelis retaliate by building a wall between the two properties. In the end, however, love prevails, and the obliteration of both restaurants induces the two families to establish a truce and lay the foundation for future harmony.
Art House & International , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:

Watch it now


Ben Newmark
as David
A.J. Tannen
as Ariel
Joey Naber
as Ahmed
Shareef Abrams
as Mahmoud
Keith Lal
as Mohammed
Assaf Cohen
as Menorah Mickey
Anthony Shams
as Palestinian Costumer
Roger Marks
as Israeli Customer
Hershel Remer
as Rabbi with Torah
Mike Dusi
as Hot Body Guy
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for West Bank Story

There are no critic reviews yet for West Bank Story. Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!

Audience Reviews for West Bank Story

Oscar winner in 2007 for Best Short Film.

West Bank Story is a musical comedy that parody's the hit West Side Story in this comedic spoof about the ongoing war in the West Bank between Palestinians and Jews.

At first, this sounds rather tasteless giving the circumstances. But what this engaging little film does so well is illustrate the lack of understanding and sympathy on both sides. With a "why can't we all just get along" tone, this film does a great job of remaining neutral... never pointing a finger at either side. It equally trivializes and humiliates both parties.

This fast-paced comedy follows 2 rival neighboring fast food chains (of course a Jewish place and a Palestinian one) that are constantly competing for business.

Many hilarious stereotypes of both sides are used in order to maintain a comedic, light-hearted tone to a serious subject. I am of the belief that it was tastefully executed... but others may disagree.

Overall, this is a funny hidden little gem that won an Oscar. It's extremely relevant, and well worth your time if you can find it on Itunes or download it somewhere.

Derek A
Derek A

Super Reviewer


I was really expecting a campy "B" movie feel, but pleasantly surprised. This movie is too short and too funny!

Kervin Smith
Kervin Smith

Winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Short Film

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

West Bank Story Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss West Bank Story on our Movie forum!

News & Features