Take a trip with Syrian refugees in On The Bride’s Side – January 28th

Join One World Arts and the One World Film Festival on January 28th, 2016 at 6:45PM at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St., Ottawa) for a one-night-only screening of the acclaimed documentary ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE.

The film follows five asylum-seekers from Syria and their European supporters as they travel from Milan, Italy to Stockholm, Sweden over four days in a fake wedding party.

A discussion on the war in Syria and responding to the refugee crisis with Dr. Rouba Al-Fattal (University of Ottawa), David Pepper (Refugee 613) and Wael Ismaeil will follow On The Bride’s Side.

Tickets are $12.00. Click here to order yours online now!

Media are invited to attend free of charge. Please RSVP to media@oneworldarts.ca.

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A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding guests, they cross halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometres. This emotionally charged journey not only brings out the stories and hopes and dreams of the five Palestinians and Syrians and their rather special traffickers, but also reveals an unknown side of Europe – a transnational, supportive and irreverent Europe that ridicules the laws and restrictions of the Fortress in a kind of masquerade which is no other than the direct filming of something that really took place on the road from Milan to Stockholm from the 14th to the 18th of November 2013.


We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Rouba Al-Fattal, David Pepper, and Wael Ismaeil will be joining us for a discussion on the war in Syria and supporting refugees.

Dr. Rouba Al-Fattal is a Professor of Middle East and Arab Politics at the University of Ottawa. She is a Founder & CEO of Impact Policy, a global policy consultancy providing analysis, advocacy and cross-cultural training, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Ottawa, championing its Syrian Refugee Initiative.

David Pepper is a member of the Refugee 613 steering committee and has many years of experience in the area of refugee issues. He is also a founding member of Capital Rainbow Refuge, an Ottawa refugee sponsorship group that focuses on LGBTQ persons, and is a mentor to several other sponsors.

Wael Ismaeil is the vice president of the Syrian Arab Association of Canada, provides cultural awareness lectures about Syria to communities, organizations and the Canadian military through the Centre for Intercultural Learning, and is a full-time professor in the Robotics program at Algonquin College.


The One World Film Festival is Ottawa’s longest-running annual documentary film festival focused on raising awareness on a diverse range of global issues. The festival presents thought-provoking documentaries, panel discussions with experts, Q&As with filmmakers, and an information fair, connecting audiences with opportunities to learn more about and take action on issues of local and global concern.

One World Arts is a volunteer-based, Canadian charitable organization that has been raising awareness and fostering public engagement on global issues since 1972.

On The Bride's Side
One World Arts screens On The Bride’s Side January 28th, 2016 at the ByTowne Cinema in Ottawa.