Special Screening "Overseas"

Tuesday 27 October // 8:30 PM

Documentray | 90 mins

in Tagalog, Ilonggo, English with EN subs

BEL/FRA | 2019 | doc | dir. Yoon Sung-A

‘The most sympathetic, illuminating study of domestic labor since Roma’

– Hollywood Reporter

In The Philippines, women get deployed abroad to work as domestic workers or nannies. To do so, they frequently leave their own children behind, before embracing this big unknown. In a learning center dedicated to the domestic work, several candidates prepare themselves for homesickness and for the abuses that they will possibly endure. 

Multi-awarded documentary maker Yoon Sung-A offers a thoughtful examination of the training of maids from the Philippines before they are sent off around the world to join the teeming ranks of the nation’s “OFWs” (Overseas Filipino Workers). Overseas gives us a glimpse into the tough realities of a semi-invisible profession and tackles with subtlety the question of domestic slavery in a globalised world.

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