Ticket to Paradise: Documentary on Isaan girls’ desire to marry farang shown at JAM

Global Alliance Against Traffic In Women (GAATW) will hold film screenings of two documentaries, Ticket to Paradise and Becky’s Journey, revolving around the concepts of human trafficking, the sex trade, and migration.

Ticket to Paradise, which will be screened first at 7pm, looks at the northeastern part of Thailand and identifies two types of families; one where daughters marry Western men, and one where they don’t. The first live in concrete buildings, the latter in small wooden cottages.

For the young girls in the village, tickets to paradise mean finding a Western husband. That’s why they all look up to Sommai, who previously worked in a factory in Denmark, hoping she can help fulfill their dreams of finding Western partners. 

Meanwhile, for the newlywed Kae, such a journey means forsaking her child. As for Saeng, her ticket to paradise lies in the sex bars of Pattaya.

Through several Thai women’s stories, Ticket to Paradise shows how the mechanism of supply and demand works in a globalized world. To Thai women, Denmark and the Western world are a paradise, and vice versa.

Becky’s Journey, screening at 8:30pm, tells the story of a 26-year-old Nigerian woman who wishes to sell sex in Europe.

The first time she tried, she was stopped with fake documents in the airport in Nigeria. Becky then decides to embark on a journey to Italy through Africa’s deserts. Through interviews and narration, the film looks at human trafficking, sex work, and migration through the Becky’s perspective.

At the end of the screening, there will be a discussion with Sam Plambech, a Danish social anthropologist and filmmaker.

The screenings take place on Feb. 18, from 7pm onward, at JAM, BTS Surasak Exit 2. Entry is free.

Editor’s Note: As JAM can only accommodate around 30 people, please check for availability and register for your spot with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women.



Screening of Ticket to Paradise and Becky’s Journey

Feb. 18


BTS Surasak


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