The Syrian Bride

The Syrian Bride
Genre: Drama, Comedy | Director: Eran Riklis | Language: English | Length: 97 minutes | Country: Israel, Syria | Year: 2004 | Rating: G

A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late ’60s. Years ago, Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona to marry Tallel, who has since become a successful actor in Syria. Hammed has gathered the family together to see Mona off, but the occasion is a bittersweet one — given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria, once Mona crosses the border with her husband, it’s unlikely she will ever be able to return. When the family gathers for Mona’s wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the wedding.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.H.2.1, WH.H.8.2

Through the Olive Trees

Through the Olive Trees
Genre: Drama | Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Language: Persian | Length: 103 minutes | Country: Iran | Year: 1994 | Rating: G

The movie of a film within a film focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married.