In a remote fishing community in the north of Denmark live 575 Thai women married to Danish men. Fifteen years ago, there were almost none. But Sommai was there; a former sex worker from Pattaya. Now, she and a group of other industrious and strong Thai women are trying to find a man for Sommai’s young niece Kaeh who is in Denmark on a three-month tourist visa. A different kind of love story, the film gives an intimate insight into the special relationships between Danish men and their Thai wives who all try to outlive the idea of Western happiness and thereby achieve respect and social status back home in Thailand.
Directed by Janus Metz
Researcher & anthropological consultant Sine Plambech
Produced by Cosmo Film Doc
Release year: 2007
Festival screenings: International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2008.
Odense Filmfestival 2008., True/False Film Festival 2009, Colombia, MS, US. South by
South West 2009, Austin TX, US. Thessoloniki Docfest 2009. Full Frame Docfest 2009, Durham, SC, US. Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival 2009. Wellington – New Zealand Film Festival 2009. Pärnu Intenational Documentary Film Festival 2009 (opening film together with ”Fra Thy til Thailand”). Reykjavik Intenational Film Festival 2009. Nordic Film days Lübeck 2009. New York, Stranger Than Fiction 2011. Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival 2009. DOCUMENTARIST Istanbul Documentary Days 2009. Bergamo Film Meeting 2009.
Prizes and awards: Best Documentary Award at Danish TV-award 2008. Best Documentary Award at Danish Gold Doc 2008. Best Photography Award at Danish Gold Doc 2008. Audience Award at Odense Filmfestival 2008. Best Documentary nomination at Robertuddeling 2008. Silver Wolf nomination at IDFA 2008. Best Documentary nomination at Danish TV-Oscar 2008. Best Documentary Award at Nordic Film Days Lübeck 2009 (with Ticket to Paradise).
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