By Sung-A YOON

CAT&DOCS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2019

Every year, 200.000 women leave the Philippines to become household service workers. They are sent to rich industrialized countries all over the world. Before going abroad, the women are required to attend a comprehensive training program, validated by a National Certificate.

& Awards

Locarno Film Festival 2019
Cineasti del presente
BFI London FF 2019
Documentary Competition
Warsaw FF 2019
Documentary Competition Best Documentary
CPH:DOX 2020
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sung-A YOON
    • Producer(s)
    • Isabelle TRUC (IOTA PRODUCTION), Hanne PHLYPO (CLIN D'OEIL FILMS), Quentin LAURENT (Les Films de l’Oeil Sauvage )
    • Synopsis
    • 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, one among many others in The Philippines , several candidates prepare themselves for homesickness and for the abuses that they will possibly endure. In role playing exercises, they play the worker’s role as well as the one of the employer.
      Within the threshold of fiction, Overseas bring to light the question of domestic slavery in our globalized world, while emphasizing those women’s determination, their sisterhood, and the strategies they find to face the obstacles that awaits them in the near future.