On an ordinary day, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in Israel from Egypt for a cultural event, only find there is no delegation to meet them, nor any arrangements to get to their destination of Petah Tiqva…
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Measuring the enormous distances between us / building tenuous bridges in non-native languages. Its depiction of the Mediterranean and its people is, for me, such a transatlantic bridge. The Band's Visit communicates a great deal very quietly.
A really touching and beautifully shot film. Focusing heavily on the cultural challenges invoked by the historical/cultural impact of national identity, it is intriguing to watch these barriers at least lowered (if not totally broken) revealing the passion, frustration and grief in all human souls where ever you are from but which is often so deeply internalised during conflict and hostility.