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On the Bride's Side (Io sto con la sposa)
89 minutes
English subtitles
On the Bride's Side (Io sto con la sposa)
In Milan, five refugees of the Syrian Civil War and survivors of one of the 2013 migrant shipwreck 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 THE BRIDE'S SIDE is part of the 2016 New Releases Catalog:
“Documentary makers may face prosecution after dressing a group of refugees as a wedding party to hoodwink border guards.” - AL JAZEERA
“On the Bride's Side: a wedding arranged to smuggle 5 Syrian refugees in Europe” - Hanan Razek, BBC Arabic
“Film captures mad odyssey of Syrian refugees through Europe” - FRANCE 24
"These Guys Faked a Wedding to Smuggle Syrian Refugees and Filmed It” - Mat Nashed, VICE NEWS
“Not simply a film, but a political manifesto” - Guiseppina Manin, CORRIERE DELLA SERA
“A beautiful lesson of humanity and civil solidarity” - RTS (SWISS RADIO AND TELEVISION)
"In this audacious documentary, the directors—Syrian-Palestinian writer Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Italian journalist Gabriele Del Grande, and Italian filmmaker Antonio Augugliaro—meet in an apartment in Milan with a group of their friends who have agreed to bring five undocumented immigrants from Syrian and Palestine across Europe to take refuge in Sweden... The filmmakers spend a fair amount of time detailing the immigrants' anxiety and presenting their sympathetic stories of escaping war-torn regions. A strange film about the hot-button topic of European immigration, this is recommended." - P. Hall, Video Librarian Magazine

• Human Rights Nights Award , Venice International Film Festival
• Fedic Award, Italian Federation of Cineclubs
• Best Documentary Award, Terra di Cinema Film Festival, France
• Grand Prize of Geneva, FIFDH Film Festival, Switzerland
• World Premiere, Venice International Film Festival
• Milano Film Festival
• International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
• Dubai International Film Festival
• Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
• Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden
• Terra di Cinema Film Festival, France
• Titanic International Film Festival, Hungary
• Movies That Matter Film Festival, Netherlands
• Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival, Morocco
• San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival, Spain
• Hot Docs Festival, Canada
• Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
• Beirut Cinema Days, Lebanon
• Zagreb DOX, Croatia
• San Cristobal Film Festival, Mexico
• Lima Censurados Film Festival, Peru
• Oslo Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival, Norway
• Stuttgart Film Winter, Germany
• Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, Belgium
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