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A well-deserved award-winning film

  • Jun 16, 2011
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The democratic State of Israel should be congratulated for allowing the filming of this award-winning movie about the difficulties faced by the Druzes, a people who live in the north of Israel, in the Golan, in an area taken by Israel during the 1967 war. Part of the Druzes live in Israel territory and part of them are in neighboring Syria. Families are separated. They are generally forbidden to cross the border to see one another and can only scream across the border, or use loud speakers, to find out about the health, births, marriages, deaths, and difficulties of family members on the other side. Many families have not been with one another in years.

The movie depicts many conflicts created by this situation by examining an impending marriage in a single family. There are the conflicts between Syria and Israel, Druzes and Israel, and different elements among the Druzes. The conflicts created the need for "red tape" that protects the different interests of the Syrians and Israelis, but which affect the Druzes and complicate their lives.

In the film, a twenty-five year old Druze woman in Israel is scheduled to marry a famous TV Syrian Druze who she never met. She is frightened because her first marriage didn't work out and she never met and doesn't know her fiancé. The marriage can only take part if the woman is able to overcome the red tape and cross the border into Syria. Her family in Israel is not allowed across to participate in the marriage ceremony. Once the woman steps over the boundary line, she will be unable to return to her family.

Her father was an activist against Israel and spent some time in prison. Although he wants to at least go to the state line to see his daughter for the last time, the Israelis refuse him permission. He has a son who lives on the other side. He and the village elders are furious at another son who married a Russian woman, not of their faith. This son, who lives in the middle of Israel, drives with his wife and son, after some eight years of separation, to see his sister for the last time. His father doesn't want to talk to him. The elders say that if this son goes to the crossing, they will ostracize the entire family. Another daughter, with a teen-age child, is married to a Druze and lives in the village. This was an arranged marriage. She dislikes her husband who mistreats her because he feels he needs to show the village that he is a man who can control his wife. The daughter of this man is in love with a Druze boy in the village whose father gave information to the Israelis and he insists that she stop seeing this boy.

The Israeli border control people have been ordered to place a stamp in a person's passport who leaves Israel, including the Golan, indicating that the person is leaving Israel. While this is the general practice of all countries, the Syrian border control guard refuses to accept a passport that indicates that the Golan is part of Israel. Thus, the "Syrian Bride" is refused permission to enter Syria to get married. A UN official tries to resolve the matter.
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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 1hr 38min
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