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THE BAND'S VISIT (2007) (PG-13)

Nov. 17, , Woodstock Jewish Congregation 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock

Eight Egyptian men from the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive in Israel from Egypt in full uniform, ready to perform at an Arab cultural center in Petah Tikva, a small city near Tel Aviv. But due to a transliteration issue (Arabic has no "p" sound and regularly replaces it with "b"), the band members unwittingly take a bus to Beit Hatikva, a forlorn town in the middle of the Negev Desert some loo miles south of where they need to go. Not realizing they're in the wrong place, they stop at a small restaurant for lunch. Band leader Lt. Col. Tawfiq Zacharya (Sasson Gabai) asks restaurant owner Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) how to get to the Arab cultural center. "No Arab culture here, no Israeli culture, no culture at all," Dina says, summing up the glamour of her backwater, nowheresville community. Winner of 45 critic and festival awards, including the Audience Award at the Osian's-Cinefan, Copenhagen, Munich, Sarajevo and Warsaw film festivals. The film inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. "A warm and delightful take on cross-cultural relations that proves that sometimes a light touch is just what's needed to address serious topics." Jay Weissberg, Variety. "Has in abundance: visual wit, verbal charm and a completely droll sense of humor." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles. Rated PG-13.