Bangkok-Bahrain / Labour for Sale (Bangkok-Bahrein)

1984 | Documentary | Runtime 78' | 16 mm | Colour


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K-Films (France)
Subtitles: French
Coffret Amos Gitai
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StudioCanal (France)
Subtitles: French

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In Thailand half a million women work as prostitutes while men leave the country as low-paid labourers in the Gulf Emirates. A film on the trade of human beings and economic relations in the modern world.

"This uncomfortably lucid film about the international traffic in contract labourers, mainly from the South-East Asian countries to the Persian Gulf and Europe masks its horror with the cool depiction of hard evidence. It concentrates chiefly on the way such virtually enforced displacement affects the cloture and relationship of ordinary people, poor and desperate, who are involved."
Derek Malcolm, London Film Festival catalogue, 1984

"A strategy of address that tries to mobilise meanings rather to impose them. It works with the cultural and the political knowledges assumed to be present in the viewer, calling on non-automatic, non-normative ways of deciphering one's environment"
Paul Willemen, in "The Films of Amos Gitai, A Montage", edited by Paul Willemen, BFI, London, 1993

Cinematography Roni Katzenelson, Richard Copans Sound Olivier Scwhab Editing Juliana Sanchez Production A.G. Productions (Israel), TF1 (France), Channel Four (UK), Ikon (The Netherlands)