As soon as I saw the clip for West Bank Story, which won the Oscar for live-action short the other night, I knew I wanted to see it. A take on West Side Story, but set in the West Bank, with the Palestinians and Jews taking the place of the Jets and the Sharks, the film is about a forbidden romance between David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian woman. The star-crossed lovers' families own dueling falafel shops -- Kosher King and Hummus Hut. When the Israeli family's new pastry machine juts onto Hummus hut's property, trouble, singing, and dancing ensue, and it's up to the young lovers to unite their warring families.

I just watched the trailer for the film, and now I want to see it even more. I mean, c'mon ... dueling falafel shops? And those crazy hats? What's not to like? I only have until Thursday to get myself to the theater to catch the screening of all the Oscar-nommed shorts; hopefully I'll be able to catch it. If not, a DVD of the film is available for purchase on the film's official website for $20, and 25% of the profits are being donated to two charities promoting peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palenstinians in Israel.

I really wish that somebody would figure out a way to just release a DVD of all the Oscar-nommed short films each year, but I guess that would be an enormous pain to sort out. What Oscar-nommed films haven't you seen yet, that you really want to catch?

[ via NPR ]
categories Dvds, Awards, Cinematical