Bride Kidnapping

Every hour, a woman is kidnapped and violently forced into marriage in Kyrgyzstan. The film reconstructs the chilling reality played out before the eyes of the locals.

Umut is a cheerful young medical assistant who aspires to become a certified nurse. She has no one other than her mother, with whom she shares a modest home. Egeman lives with his elderly father and makes a living by stealing and selling scrap metal. The film thus presents two stories: that of naïve Umut, who dreams of romantic love, and Egeman’s secret relationship with single mother Meyerim, who was forced into marriage but escaped from imprisonment by her husband. Because her status is a disgrace to Egeman’s family, they decide to act. The paths of the two protagonists intersect, and a battle not just for freedom and honour but even for bare survival ensues.

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About the film

TitleBride Kidnapping
Original Title
Original LanguageKyrgyz
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFeature film
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginKyrgyzstan
Length80 min.
Director Hasan Oswald, Mirlan Abdykalykov
Bride Kidnapping