This research investigates how two movies, both entitled Ala Kachuu (2018 and 2002), represent ala kachuu, i.e. a tradition of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan. Even though the Kyrgyz government has formally banned this practice since 2016, which is considered as a form of forced marriage, it still exists and is practiced by some Kyrgyz. This research used the qualitative method coupled with the mise-en-scène cinematographic technique. By using Stuart Hall’s representation theory (1997) and Mansour Fakih’s gender inequality theory (2008) as analysis tools, this study concludes that both movies represent ala kachuu as a tradition which promotes gender inequality. Moreover, they also represent it as a tradition that leads to various forms of violence against women in Kyrgyzstan.

Bahasa Abstract

Penelitianini menginvestigasi bagaimana film Alaa Kachuu (2008, dan 2020) merepresentasikan tradisi ala kachuu,sebuah tradisi penculikan perempuan untuk dijadikan isteri di Kirgizstan. Walaupun sejak tahun 2016 pemerintah Kirgizstan telah secara resmi melarang tradisi ini, yang dianggap sebagai bentuk pernikahan secara paksa, tradisi ala kachuuini masih tetap dilakukan dan disalah-artikan penggunaannya oleh sebagian masyarakat Kirgizstan. Penelitian film ini mengunakan metode kualitatif, dilengkapi dengan teknik sinematografi mise-en-scène. Melalui penerapan teori representasi Stuart Hall (1997) dan teori ketidaksetaraan gender Mansour Fakih (2008) sebagai pisau analisis, hasil penelitian menyimpulkan bahwa kedua film merepresentasikan tradisi alaa kachuusebagai sebuah tradisi yang tidak berkesetaraan gender, dan menyebabkan hadirnya berbagai bentuk kekerasan pada kaum perempuan Kirgizstan.


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