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"The Band’s Visit"

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The new film "The Band's Visit" begins as the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in Israel for a gig at the opening of an Arab cultural center – only to find themselves stranded in the wrong town. Eran Kolorin is the film’s director. "The Band’s Visit" opens 2/8 at the Lincoln Plaza (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd) and the Angelika (18 W. Houston at Mercer St.) cinemas.

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Comments [2]

Barbara from Huntington, NY

I was startled to hear you ask that since the "Egyptians" in the film were dark skinned, wouldn't they have stood out (against a presumably lighter skinned population)? In Israel, you cannot look at someone, and based on skin color, decide if they are Arab or Jewish. Israel is a mixture of many ethnicities. Nearly 1 in 4 Israeli CITIZENS are Arab, primarily Muslim. Large numbers of Jews are dark skinned. Many Jews left Arab states (such as Egypt, Iraq,and Iran) to move to Israel. There are darker skinned Jews from Yemen and black Jews from Ethiopia. Just like NYC, there is a broad array of ethnicities and religion, and they are all citizens of Israel.

Feb. 05 2008 02:27 PM
Chad Harris from Ridgewood

Right... couldn't find real Egyptians.

Feb. 05 2008 12:45 PM

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