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Arab band takes wrong bus in Israel and ends up in the Murphy Library film this Thursday.

Posted on: April 12, 2014

A police band from Egypt is on its way to inaugurate an Arab arts center in the Israeli town of Petah Tiqva. When no one meets them on their arrival they take a bus. It lets them off in the remote town of Beit Hatikva — and drives off — it was the wrong bus.

Try saying “Are you going to Petah Tiqva” and “Are you going to Beit Hatikva” and you will see why they thought they had the right bus. By the way, you will see that English is the common language Arabs and Israelis use to communicate.

The Murphy Library is showing The Band’s Visit, a film about a group of Arabs who spend the night in an Israeli town so tiny it makes Murphy look huge, this Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 87 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with subtitles.

The band realizes its mistake when Dina, a lunch shop owner, tells them the town has no Arab cultural center, nor Israeli cultural center, nor any culture at all. But she takes charge, invites a couple of the police to her place and finds customers who willingly take the others into their homes for the night. The result is a story of isolation and coming together, of sadness and laughter, and most of all, of understanding.

Call 837-2417 for details.

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