Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

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Film Series: Heartbound

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day by watching Heartbound by Janus Metz and Sine Plambech, a documentary exploring love, migration, family across two continents. Afterwards, participate in a live Q&A with Sine Plambech, on Wednesday, 17 March, from 6pm BST, via Zoom. See below for more details.

Watch the film online here. Add promo code ‘GRAMNet‘ at checkout to watch for free. Account on Vimeo required to access this.

Register on Zoom here to join the live Q&A on the day.


Documentary: Denmark (2018) | Directors: Janus Metz and Sine Plambech

Running time: 90 mins | Languages: Danish, Thai with English subtitles

In the small fishing community of Thy in northern Denmark, 926 Thai women are married to Danish men, a trend that started 25 years ago when a former sex worker from Pattaya married a Thai native and has since helped lonely local men and impoverished women from her village find someone to share life with. Acclaimed filmmaker Janus Metz and his anthropologist wife, Sine Plambech, follow four of these Thai-Danish couples over ten years and two continents in an epic and intimately observed family chronicle about the needs, longings and dreams that unite and separate us across global boundaries. Above all, it is a film about love.

Sine Plambech is ananthropologist at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. For 15 years, Plambech  has worked with migrant societies in Thailand, Nigeria, Italy and Denmark, related to her research on migration, human trafficking, the European migrant crisis, sex work migration and marriage migration. She has worked for the United Nations and as a consultant for the European Commission, as well as for governments and NGOs within the previously noted fields of study.. In 2016, Plambech received the prestigious Sapere Aude young elite award from the Danish Research Council. Sine Plambech’s intimate knowledge of the Thai women and their lives over more than 15 years has contributed to the filmmakers always being a step ahead in the process, enabling them to capture important material and at the same time avoiding the film depicting stereotypical portraits.

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