On The Bride’s Side
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London
FREE, booking required
King’s College London presents: On the Bride’s Side, subverting migration discourse in Europe.
A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist met five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan, fleeing the Syrian war, and decided to organize a fake wedding to help them complete their journey to Sweden to ask for political asylum. From Milan to Stockholm, the wedding cortege crossed Europe over a four day journey of three thousand kilometers with a friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen wedding guests.
This journey brings out the stories, hopes and dreams of the five refugees and their rather special “traffickers”, and reveals a transnational, supportive and irreverent Europe that rejects and ridicules the laws and restrictions on immigration and defends people’s right to travel.
A documentary and a political act, a real and fantastic story, On the Bride’s Side challenges our perception of migration, asylum seekers, and borders, transforming masses into people and numbers into names.
Following the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion on the concepts of borders, migration and the aesthetic of the frontier.