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On the Bride’s Side (Io sto con la sposa) Film Screening


Wed, 03/30/2016 - 7:00pm


Click here to watch trailer

From the Third World Newsreel synopsis:

In Milan, five refugees of the Syrian Civil War and survivors of one of the 2013 migrant shipwreck [sic] in Lampedusa meet an Italian journalist and a Palestinian-Syrian poet who are eager to help the group of refugees reach Sweden, where Syrian migrants can apply for residency. How can the group traverse the European continent from Milan to Stockholm without being stopped at the borders of Italy, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden? What if they pretend they are on their way to a wedding party? What border patrol agent would ever stop a bride to check her documents?

With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and more than a dozen Italian and Syrian friends as wedding guests, the group crosses halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of almost two thousand miles. This emotionally charged journey not only brings out the stories, hopes and dreams of the five refugees and their new friends, but also reveals an unknown side of Europe – a transnational and supportive Europe that opposes the restrictive laws that are meant to keep refugees out.

Winner of Human Rights Nights Award at the Venice International Film Festival, ON THE BRIDE'S SIDE is a timely look at the urgent refugee crisis happening in the Middle East and Europe and an irreverent and unexpected take on the immigrant road movie.

On April 1st at 3pm there will also be a lecture on Syrian refugees. For more information click here.

Antonio Augugliaro
Gabriele del Grande
Khaled Soliman al Nassiry

Country of Origin

Arabic, Italian (English subtitles)

Year / Time
2014 / 89 min

Brittany Power


7PM in Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 150, 1500 E. University Blvd.