Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Documentary | CA, CZE, KGZ 2004 | 51'

It’s not unusual in Kyrgyzstan for a girl to get snatched from the street on her way to school, and find herself the bride of a stranger later in the day. Albeit forbidden by law, the traditional practice is common for poor families who need a daughter-in-law as an extra hand, but cannot afford the costly dowry. The film is both a story of those subduing to this custom and trying to make the best out of it, but also of victims of kidnappings who do not bow to their fate. For Petr Lom, Professor for Political Philosophy at Central European University in Budapest, this is his first full-length film.

Petr Lom
Anatoly Sivoha
Rosa Amanova
Petr Lom
Executive Producer
Jan Rofekamp
Co-Executive Producer
Aktan Arym Kubat
Lom Films

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First Broadcast: 21.12.2005, 22:00, CBC
IDFA Silver Wolf 2004
Zagrebdox Special Jury Prize 2005