The Kalaidzhi bride market takes place in the southeast of Bulgaria every year. Unmarried women are often paired off with financially strong men.
But more and more young Roma are rebelling against the old tradition. For young Kalaidzhi the annual bride market at Bachkovo Monastery is the only chance to find a partner. Their Orthodox Christian faith and traditional code of conduct prohibit them from dating, flirting or having any other pre-marital relations. The Kalaidzhi - a name meaning tinsmiths or boilermakers - marry only within the group. Finding a spouse from outside - and in particular a non-Roma Bulgarian - is out of the question. Love is only a secondary consideration. What matters is the dowry. A growing number of young Roma, however, are rebelling against the traditional marriage market. They want to make their own decisions, and to love and marry the person of their choice. For girls especially - some as young as 15 when they are put up for marriage - the wedding is the end of self-determined life. They will subsequently be housewives and mothers. The film accompanies 17-year-old Teni and 19-year-old Maria in the week before the market day. For them it means buying a lot of new clothes and masses of other preparations. Can this be a way to find true love? And how is the outdated ritual affected by the Internet and social media?
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I do understand their culture, it's not like they sell their daughters but actually protect them and marry them off with a value. For the people in the comments, in America the women are so cheap, you just buy them a drink and get them into bed... And if you want to deny that, just watch movies and tv shows.
Roma Roma Roma... these are gipsies. G I P S I E S. There is no such term as "Roma". This was created by western European leftists taken out of a gipsy word for "human" - and the word is Loma not Roma, LLLLLLLLLLoma. I hate leftism.
I’m a Roma born in Hungary and watching this makes me sick .
How stupid a man has to be following a rule or culture made 100 years ago .
Back than there was no other way , no place to go for young girl to meet with same age group . It’s sad to see most Roma (Gypsies) are categorized out of these people . This is the 1%
Best culture...i like it...girls remain really save n secure under parents n husband..girls whu r modern...simply keep on running after boys and end up being used by numerous boys...who just used n pregnant them...so i think this tradition should follow all over the world
the girl has perfect skin. beautiful olive color. and what does she do? puts a ton of white powder on it making herself look pale like she's sick. and wait until she dances, sweats and the white begins to roll down her face leaving sweat trails... so stupid
The dad's a misogynistic ass. I'm surprised his wife didn't beat the crap out of him after his fat ass called her as big as a barn. Obviously the men in this family never were taught how to respect women. I mean the comments the son made about how he likes girls to wear their skirts made my skin crawl a little.
My soul is so independent and rebellious, I would probably get killed, or "dishonored". I am so glad of the freedom to study, work and have a reputation not based on a husband. I do have a husband but he is the most loving, amazing, caring man on earth! Perfect for me!
Women have a price tag in Western cultures too. Any divorced man can tell you that. I can’t believe any man anywhere doesn’t know the price tag of any woman he dated anyway. The Gypsies are just honest and upfront about it.
"Tradition" is the WORST word/excuse on the bloody planet. "We've always done it this way" is the scariest phrase. Murder, rape, circumcision, cannibalism, torture, child marriage/sexual exploitation, are all "traditions" that in no way makes it right.
I am so embarrassed 😖 Bulgaria is a total failure...and yes I am embarrassed, because I am native bulgarian. No work, no money...you work for 10 Euro per day! *hell*
I'm happy I left Bulgaria, no regrets.
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