What: The Syrian Bride
When: Saturday January 24, 6:30 pm
Where: Lawrence Academy
MacNeil Lounge, Williams Arts Center
Powder Mill Road, Groton, Massachusetts 01450
Parking: Please see this map.
Cost: Admission is free for members. Non-members can purchase a one-day membership at the door for $10 per person, which includes admission to the reception, screening, and discussion. For details please see our membership page.
The Syrian Bride is a slice of life under conditions that most of us can't easily imagine. Set in a Druze village in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the film chronicles a wedding day in the life of one prominent family as they prepare to bid farewell forever to the bride, who is marrying a Syrian. Once she crosses from the Golan she can never return home. The wedding day is complicated by the return of a prodigal son, the surveillance of the father — a pro-Syrian leader in his community — and a great deal of cross-border bureaucracy and intransigence. The film piles a comical load of complications — familial, generational, national, cultural, sexual-political — into this single day. As the L.A. Weekly’s critic put it, “All politics is personal, but rarely has that credo been illustrated so winningly as with Eran Riklis’ delicate comedy about the maddening intersection of families, cultures, and borders.” The film won peoples' choice awards in three international film festivals. It was popular with both critics and the public (95% and 80% respectively on Rottentomatoes.com).
Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.”
Desson Thomson, Washington Post:
“It seems to line up every conceivable cultural, sexual, or religious fender-bender it can for maximum conflict. But at the same time, Israeli director Eran Riklis and Palestinian co-writer Suha Arraf use the device to reveal touching human complexity.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:
“The real interest in the film enters by the side door, through supporting characters.”