April 6, 2018 - 20:00 Auditorium - Hosted by the SAIS Law and International Organizations Society & Bologna Human Rights Nights. Supported by Associazione di cultura e studio italo-americana «Luciano Finelli Friends of the Johns Hopkins»
On The Bride's Side - Human Rights Nights: Film Screening & Discussion
Justin Frosini - Giulia Grassilli
Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development; Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe; Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law, Bocconi University
President, Human Rights Nights
In Milan a Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians, 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 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 travel halfway across Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometres. This emotionally charged journey brings out the stories, hopes and dreams of the five Palestinians and Syrians and their rather special traffickers. It 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 nothing other than the filming of events that actually took place on the road from Milan to Stockholm from the 14th to the 18th of November 2013
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