"I had just become 18 when my life was turned upside down. I was about to start my last year of high-school. Instead, I was kidnapped three times and raped twice by a man much older than me."
- a Kyrgyz bride kidnapped victim
While data is scarce, the United Nations Population Fund estimates that the majority of child marriages in Kyrgyzstan are the result of bride kidnapping. Although it is illegal, perpetrators are rarely prosecuted.
In this short film we hear the voices of women who were kidnapped and forced into marriage at a young age. Despite the stories of tragedy there is a glimmer of hope, both from the women themselves and the younger generation to follow, that bride kidnapping will one day become a thing of the past.
This short film was produced by Alya Productions, in partnership with local NGO Kyz Korgon Institute. Alya Productions are in the process of producing a film called After the Rain which hones in on the issue of bride kidnapping and child marriage in Kyrgyzstan. Once released the film will be shown in communities across Kyrgyzstan. Click here to learn more about the film: After the Rain alyaproductions.com/atr-film.