GRAB AND RUN

Spain, Germany

85’, 2017

DIRECTED BY

Roser Corella

PRODUCED BY

Roser Corella

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Roser Corella

EDITED BY

Ariadna Ribas

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Since Kyrgyzstan gained independence in 1991, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of Ala-Kachuu, which translates roughly as “grab and run”. More than half Kyrgyz women are married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. Some escape after violent ordeals, but most are persuaded to stay by tradition and fear of scandal. Although the practice is believed to have its root in nomadic customs, the tradition remains at odds with modern Kyrgyzstan. Ala-Kachuu was outlawed during the Soviet era and has remained illegal under the Kyrgyz criminal code, but the law is rarely enforced to protect women from this violent practice.