“Ala Kachuu: Take and Run” – Maria Brendle, Switzerland, 2020, 38’26”

Synopsis: Sezim, 19 years old, wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out.

Director: Maria Brendle
Writer: Maria Brendle
Producer: Nadine Lüchinger, Flavio Gerber
Key cast: Alina Turdumamatova, Nurbek Esengazy Uulu, Madina Talipbekova, Jandat Djamanbaeva, Taalaykan Abazova, Aybike Erkinbekova
Director of photography: Gabriel Sandru
Production Coordinator: Nadine Boller
Production design: Elchibek Shamenov
Editor: Luca Zuberbühler
Sounddesign & Mix: Michael Duss, Triplet Studios
Costume designer: Fatima Kacyvova
Music: Martin Skalsky, Triplet Studios