Independent Lens : A Wedding in Ramallah (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Interpersonal Relationships, Politics & Government, Sociology  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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"A Wedding in Ramallah" and life happily ever after in Cleveland? That's what Palestinians Bassam and Mariam hoped for when they married in 2000. Filmmaker Sherine Salama chronicles what they got in an intriguing, fly-on-the-wall style that doesn't stint on sardonic humor. First, there are Muslim gender roles (the fact that the marriage is arranged doesn't help either). Then there's the intifada, which Mariam can't escape until she gets her visa. It takes months (and means living with her in-laws). And what does she hear when she does get to Cleveland? "Bring me my slippers."

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border-town, cultural-traditions, determination, freedom, hardships, in-law, loneliness, marriage, marriage-arranged, Middle-East, optimism, Palestinian [nationality], violence