On the Bride’s Side

On the Bride’s Side
Genre: Documentary | Director: Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 98 minutes | Country: Global | Year: 2014 | Rating: NR

In Milan, five refugees of the Syrian Civil War and survivors of the October 11, 2013, migrant shipwreck in Lampedusa meet an Italian journalist and a Palestinian-Syrian poet who are eager to help the group reach Sweden, a safe haven for migrants. 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.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.7.1, WH.H.8.2 , WH.H.8.3, WH.H.8.6

Veiled Voices

Veiled Voices
Genre: Documentary | Director: Brigid Maher | Language: Arabic, English subtitles | Length: 57 minutes | Country: Global, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt | Year: 2009 | Rating: N/A

Women across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled Voices investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of three women in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Filmed over the course of two years, Veiled Voices reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private worlds of these women. The stories featured in the film give insight into how Muslim women are now increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world. Each triumphs over difficult challenges as they carve out a space to lead—both in Islam and in their communities.

Lesson plans and viewing guides are available here.

The Mideast Center has a copy of this film that educators may borrow for free. Email mideast@unc.edu to request the film.

Also available on Netflix.

Aleppo, Magams for Pleasure

Aleppo, Magams for Pleasure
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Mohamad Malas | Language: Arabic, English subtitles | Length: 52 minutes | Country: Syria | Year: 1999 | Rating: N/A

Sheikh Sabri Mudallal is considered the latest of the Masters of Tarab and reciting in Aleppo, Syria. The troupe (Turath) that he established is considered an oriental orchestra that maintains of singing and reciting in its most originality and purity.