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Film analysis: The Syrian Bride

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  1. Introduction
  2. The protagonist
  3. Feminist perspective
  4. Strong patriarchal control
  5. The protagonist's mother
  6. Male dominance
  7. Protagonist's sister
  8. Conclusion

?The Syrian Bride' a 2004 comedy drama film, is a take on the Arab ? Israeli conflict through the eyes of a Druze family settled in the UNDOF zone of Majdal Shams, a Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli ? Syrian border. All events that take place in the movie are a result of a cross ? border wedding that is about to take place. For the purpose of this wedding, political permissions need to be sought and a family is united. Through these events the movie tackles the broad themes of political turmoil, its effect on personal lives, the patriarchal nature of society and the issues of feminism in a well ? balanced and gripping manner.

While Mona, the Syrian Bride, is the protagonist, the storyline is much more than just about her wedding, which is what differentiates it from the main ? stream wedding dramas. Her character plays a primary role in tying together the major themes of the film that are depicted through the films many sub ? plots and characters. Each member of her highly dysfunctional family has an important role to play in tying together the broad themes that make up the storyline of the movie. Mona, the protagonist is all set to marry a Syrian actor. Her sister Amal is a free ? spirited woman stuck in an unhappy marriage with her conservative husband. Her elder brother, Hattem, has been abandoned for marrying a Russian woman. Her other brother, Marwan has the reputation of being a womanizer, but is not shunned by society in spite of his acts. Her father is an Israeli ? prisoner let out on bail and her mother is modest and compliant, yet subtly pro ? feminism.

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