Graham Holfordde Ohio Film University
There are many accounts of women starting their lives as educated people with agency that are cut short by their kidnappers. Some accounts are really harrowing. Yet, Roser Corella’s Grab and Run does attempt to understand the tradition. Debates about it are held in classrooms. Victims, wives, divorcees talk openly about how they see it as a necessary practice for the community. Farmers explain that they would never be married if they didn’t kidnap their wives. It is mystifying at times, especially when one particular subject tells her story of her kidnapping, forced marriage and divorce yet still approves of the Ala Kachuu tradition.