On the Bride's Side, Because the Answer Is A Free Life

Fleeing from the Syrian war, thousands of Syrian and Palestinian refugees daily attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, where they pay exorbitant sums to human traffickers to smuggle them to Sweden and political asylum. Many die at sea before they ever get to make their journey inside an already unwelcoming "Fortress Europe." Tired of seeing the sea "swallowing up the lives of its travellers" and believing the real crime is not travelling but "averting your eyes to the deaths (in) Syria," an international group of activists and filmmakers dressed up five Syrian and Palestinian war refugees in wedding garb to try and get them across Europe without papers, asking - first as a joke and then increasingly seriously - "What border guard would ever check the documents of a bride?" They call the resulting documentary, "On the Bride's Side," which tells the story of their journey last November from Milan to Stockholm, "a film manifesto" and "an act of civil disobedience." They are raising money through an Indiegogo campaign for a fall release of the film.

"We knew that everything was difficult. But we no longer knew how to describe it. How to denounce it. How to cry out about it. How to continue writing books and articles in which one must find synonyms for the words 'death' and 'freedom'...Beyond death and freedom, however, there is also love."


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