A Thank You: The Syrian Bride and Eritrean Refugee Relief
Wednesday, September 22nd at 7pm
at Holy Blossom Temple and online (pre-registration, COVID screening and COVID protocols mandatory)
A few dedicated people can make a real difference amongst the struggles of the world. Come gather online and in-person to meet the virtual village that helped to bring Ruta and Michal, two Hebrew speaking Eritrean refugees, from Israel to Canada, including Judy Gladstone (Student Cantor Ella Gladstone Martin's mother) and the director of The Syrian Bride - Eran Riklis. Ruta and Michal were beneficiaries of Holy Blossom Temple's African Asylum Seekers Relief Fund.
The evening will include a showing of The Syrian Bride and a conversation with Eran Riklis, who will be with us in the Sanctuary:
Mona's wedding day was the saddest day of her life. She knew that once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to marry Tallel, a Syrian soap star, she will never be able to return to her home and family in Majdal Shams, a Druze village in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian Bride is a family saga that unfolds during one day full of tensions, complications, political divisions and an array of cultures that are interwoven as the wedding day reaches its surprising peak. Through moments of tenderness and humour, we see how human emotion and determination can overcome and cross physical, mental and emotional borders.
Winner of numerous international awards, from Best Film at the Montreal Film Festival to Public Choice Award in Locarno, The Syrian Bride was written and directed by Eran Riklis, one of Israel's leading filmmakers who is known for telling intimate, human stories against a backdrop of political and social complexity (Lemon Tree, The Human Resources Manager, A Borrowed Identity aka Dancing Arabs, Shelter and many more award winning, critically acclaimed films).
Directed by Eran Riklis Written by Eran Riklis & Suha Arraf Starring Hiam Abbass, Ma