On the Bride’s Side

Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry

A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist decide to transport five Syrian and Palestinian refugees to Sweden. In order to trick the border guards, they stage a wedding.

The two friends are driven by a desire to show that there is another, more helpful Europe that sympathises with refugees’ motives and dreams. The enterprise begins cheerfully, with the group staging a wedding in order to trick border guards on the way. On the mountain route between Italy and France, the bride ties her white dress around her hips, and the group progresses northwards with the help of various friends, the handheld camera work capturing the emotions. Along the way, memories are reawakened of a perilous journey to Lampedusa, of the war at home and of friends who got killed.                                      

The makers claim that their film shows nothing more than ‘the events on the road from Milan to Stockholm from the 14th to the 18th of November, 2013’. But the viewer gradually works out that there’s more to it, sympathises with this charitable expansion of Fortress Europe’s borders, and hopes for a better future for the young rapper who’s already been through so much.


Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
Sara Bicchierini
Country of production
98 minutes
Spoken language
Arabic, Italian
Production company
Gina Films
World Sales
Films Transit International Inc.