Wedding in Ramallah

This complex and troubling documentary starts hopefully, with the events leading up to a large wedding in a Palestinian village, and concludes with the newlyweds estranged from each other in a nondescript apartment in Cleveland. Director Sherine Salama spent over a year filming Bassan, who, after living a decade in the States and being deserted by an American wife, returns to his village to enter the arranged marriage. Following the wedding, he returns to Cleveland, and his wife moves in with his family and tries to get a visa. Salama sheds light on, among other things, what it's like to live in a war zone and how Islamic tradition controls male-female relationships. In English and subtitled Arabic. 91 min.

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