SJW ROM-COM – You can watch the full 50 minute doco online at Al Jazeera, but no doubt someone will soon turn into a movie that will win shitloads of awards at all major film festivals:
Escaping Syria’s conflict has provoked thousands to flee, and hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum in Europe.
When a poet and 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 party.
With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding ‘guests’, they race across the face of Europe on a four-day journey of 3,000 kilometres.
This emotionally-charged expedition not only brings out stories but also the emotional expressions of 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 so-called ‘Fortress Europe’ in a kind of farcical masquerade.
If you’re shopping for the nicest possible end destination, you are behaving like a regular economic migrant, not a refugee. It’s hard to travel further from Syria while still remaining in Europe, and through more countries where you can claim asylum, than all the way to Sweden.
More than seven decades on, Europe still feels so guilty about what she did, or allowed to happen, to the Jews, that she has to keep finding ever new Jew substitutes to help her stage a redemptive morality play of atonement. While at the same time the real Jews who remain in Europe are increasingly made unwelcome by the said Jew substitutes she brings in.