|Director Ari Sandel tries to challenge the stereotypical|
image of the conflict in the Middle East
In this edition of the Fabulous Picture Show, we screen in its entirety West Bank Story, last year's Oscar-winning live-action short.
This exclusive screening is accompanied by commentary from Ari Sandel, the film's director, and an oft-heated discussion of the film amongst a group of young Palestinians and Israelis.
Full of dancing, singing and wacky humour, West Bank Story, set on the West Bank, is a spoof of the classic musical West Side Story.
It tells of the forbidden love between David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast-food cashier.
Growing animosity between their families' rival fast-food establishments – Kosher King and Humus Hut – triggers a chain of events that forces the two warring sides to seek common ground.
|West Bank Story is full of dancing, singing and|
Ari Sandel set out to make West Bank Story during his graduate studies at the University of Southern California Film School.
Tackling a serious issue with immense humour but a limited budget, the young director tries to challenge the stereotypical image of the conflict in the Middle East – one which, to him, seems to present no hope.
Sandel wants to show how similar both sides are by reducing the dispute to a battle between two falafel joints.
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This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show will broadcast at the following times GMT:
Saturday 9th February 14:30, 22:30; Sunday 10th February 02:30, 12:30; Monday 11th February 00:30, 07:30; Tuesday 12th February 06:00, 13:30; Wednesday 13th February 11:30, 19:30; Thursday 14th February 05:30; Friday 15th February 03:00, 16:30; Saturday 16th February 06:30.