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On the Bride's Side

On the Bride's Side

“On the Bride’s Side”
(Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, Khaled Soliman al Nassiry, 2014 r., 1h 29 min.)

A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding guests, they cross halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometres. This emotionally charged journey not only brings out the stories and hopes and dreams of the five Palestinians and Syrians and their rather special traffickers, but also reveals an unknown side of Europe – a transnational, supportive and irreverent Europe that ridicules the laws and restrictions of the Fortress in a kind of masquerade which is no other than the direct filming of something that really took place on the road from Milan to Stockholm from the 14th to the 18th of November 2013.

"On the Bride's Side" (orig. title: "Io sto con la sposa") premiered at the 71 Venice Film Festival, was screened in many international festivals (including IDFA, ZagrebDOX, DocEdge, Malmo Arab Film Festival, Hot Docs) and awarded with a lot of prizes (among others: Human Rights Nights at the Venice Film Festival; Grand Prix de Géneve at the FIFDH festival; Golden Prize at the Aljazeera Film Festival 2015; shortlisted as Best Documentary at the David di Donatello Awards 2015; Grand Prix as Best Documentary at the Oran International Film Festival 2015; Special Prize at the Arab Film Festival of Malmo; Best Documentary Award at the Arab Film Festival of San Francisco).

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