One Way Ticket

Faced with a precarious economic situation and poor standards of living, a group of friends initiate a plan to leave the Dominican Republic, illegally, by boat. One Way Ticket is based on actual events that occurred in September 1980, when several Dominicans were suffocated inside a container ship, the Regina Express.

One Way Ticket (1988)


Dominican Republic


Spanish, with English subtitles




Agliberto Meléndez

Agliberto Meléndez

Agliberto Meléndez

Agliberto Meléndez was born in the Dominican Republic in 1942. He studied filmmaking at New York University and in 1979 founded the Cinemateca Nacional. His first feature film, One Way Ticket, premiered in 1988 to great acclaim.

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