What is it like to get married for just a few hours? Or to marry at the age of twelve? Or to get married with fourty other couples at once, just to keep down the cost?
People get married all over the world. But the reasons why people get married can be quite different in various cultures. For many people the day of their wedding is also the most expensive day in their life. In Afghanistan for instance, where correspondent Emal meets a couple that borrows loads of money just to be able to get married. And in Brazil we’ll see people marrying in groups of 80 just to keep the expenses low.
Expensive or not, those are the weddings people choose to have. Our correspondents stumbled upon many stories of forced marriages. Like the story from Senegal, where we see Assan who is getting married to his much younger cousin Janeba, crying before the wedding. Afterwards the men of the village wildly celebrate the blood on the sheets, seen as proof of her loss of virginity.
Marrying to survive, forced marriage, and the marriage as a swamp of financial troubles. A very different view on the best day of your life.