Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Petr Lom

In Kyrgyzstan, it is not unusual for a girl to go to school carefree in the morning, and to end up a bride in a family of strangers by nightfall. Director Petr Lom films the brides, the grooms and the in-laws, and tells the story from this remote country in five chapters.

Young Kairgul is calmly waiting for the school bus. She does not suspect that the man hanging out on the curb has evil intentions, but the next moment, he pushes her into a passing car and kidnaps her to become his bride. ‘I don't want to be late for school,’ she shouts. ‘Your classes are over,’ he dryly responds. In Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, men abduct a bride if they are not rich enough to pay a dowry. The kidnapping is often discussed beforehand in the potential groom's family: who has a car available, what the girl should be able to do, and where she will live. Kidnapping a bride is the usual state of affairs. ‘We have all been abducted,’ women tell a freshly kidnapped girl who reluctantly stands in a corner.

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Director
Petr Lom
Country
Canada, Kyrgyzstan
Type
Documentary
Duration
51 minutes
Themes
women & gender
Year
2004