Bangkok Girl

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Bangkok Girl
Directed by Jordan Clark
Produced by Jordan Clark
Release dates
November 2005
Running time
43 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $10,000

Bangkok Girl is a documentary film that was both produced and directed by Jordan Clark.[1] It is a low-budget film,[2] having cost $10,000 to produce,[3] and takes sex tourism in Bangkok as its subject.[2] Bangkok Girl is 43 minutes long and focuses on Pla, a bargirl who is 19 years old and who guides Clark through the city.[4] The film explores Pla's background and how she came to be where she is.[5] Pla began working as a bargirl at the age of 13, and, while she had managed to avoid being prostituted up until the point that the documentary was filmed, the film suggests that she will eventually be forcibly prostituted.[6] In November 2005, the film aired on "The Lens", a program on Canada's CBC Television.[7] Sweden's Sveriges Television also aired the film.[8]

In 2011, Tara Teng, a Canadian contemporary abolitionist who was Miss Canada at the time, said that her first impetus to combat human trafficking came from watching Bangkok Girl.[9] In one scene of the film, Pla looks into the lens of the camera and says "No one cares about me." Teng said that this line changed her life. She further said that, at the time, she could not understand how a person could believe their personal worth was determined by the amount of money a person would pay for them.[10]


  1. ^ "Bangkok Girl". CBC Newsworld. November 15, 2005. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Jason A. Hill (October 12, 2010). "Bangkok Girl – What's In A Smile?". Movies I Didn't Get. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jordan Clark". Stage 32. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bangkok Girl". DVD Verdict. February 8, 2007. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jason Buchanan. "Bangkok Girl (2005)". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bangkok Girl". Association of Vineyard Churches. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Film Review For The CBC Documentary "Bangkok Girl" (2005)". Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bangkok Girl". High Banks Entertainment Ltd. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Michele Young (August 16, 2011). "Miss Canada stops by to talk about serious cause". The Kamloops Daily News. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Dylan Goldby; Daniel Sanchez; Matthew Lamers (March 20, 2012). "'Girls Are Not For Sale'". Groove Korea. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 

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