This is the first film that has documented the old wedding tradition in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan. When a young man decides to get married, he steels himself a bride! Although kidnapping girls for wedding was banned in 1994, almost one half of marriages are entered into this way and half of these women have been forced to marry. When a potential bride is kidnapped, a delegation is sent to her parents to find out whether she would accept the offer. Negotiations are often deeply traumatic for those girls who oppose forced marriage; numerous conversations with their family reveal rich Kyrgyz tradition, as well as strong resistance to it – no wonder, given the fact that the country is becoming modern and young girls want to get educated and make their own decisions about their love life.
Petr Lom was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1968. He grew up in Canada and received his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University in 1997. He gave up his career in the University in 2004 to pursue a full-time career as a documentary filmmaker. His first film was ‘Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan’ (2004).
Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
2014, 51', color, video
Michael H Amundson