2016 / 63 minutes

Directed by
Nick Mai
Country of production

(This version of the film is edited using a single screen. For the split screen version see ‘Travel – double screen version’).

Joy left Nigeria to help her family after her father’s death. She knew that she was going to sell sex in France, but she was unaware of the degree of exploitation that she would face. With the help of an association she obtains asylum, but to help her family and live her life, she continues selling sex. This documentary ethnofiction was co-written by Nicola Mai and 8 Nigerian women with experiences of migration, sex work and trafficking. Joy is one of several fictional characters embodying their individual and collective experiences. In order to protect their identities these roles are played by non-professional actresses including some of the film’s co-authors.

Read an interview with the director here: https://raifilm.org.uk/how-to-make-a-film-about-sex-workers-who-do-not-want-to-be-seen/

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest Special Interest
Language and subtitles
English French Nigerian Standard English
Location(s) depicted
Paris (France)
Western Europe
Sex / Sexuality Labour Migration Ethnofiction Informant-researcher relationship Reflexivity

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