on the bride's side

programme information


1 x 60' or 1 x 98'

Production Company

Gina Films di Antonie Augugliaro & C.






- Golden Prize at the Al Jazeera 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; - Human Rights Film Network Award, Fedic Award and Sorriso Diverso – Social Critics Award at the 71st Venice Film Festival; - Special Prize at the Arab Film Festival of Malmo; - Best Documentary Award at the Arab Film Festival of San Francisco - Best Documentary Award, Terra di Cinema Film Festival, France - Grand Prize of Geneva, FIFDH Film Festival, Switzerland - Special Prize (Documentary) at Balkan New Film Festival (BaNeFF) 2015

Episode Information

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 kilometers. 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 European 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.

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