dir. Sung-a Yoon, 90 min., Belgium, France, 2019, Bulgarian and English subtitles
In the Philippines there is a school for maids, where the undergone training is learning how not to cry when your employer is shouting at you for not cleaning the bathroom well or for not setting the table right. The characters in Sung-a Yoon’s film are part of 10 million Filipino maids who work abroad. Provoked by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot’s texts on Filipino women migrant workers, the director depicts a new perspective on emigration and collective marginalisation of million women around the world, who take humiliating jobs led by “rule number one” - their motivation for sacrifice in order to help their families at home.
About the director:
In 2012, Sung-a traveled to South Korea to find her father, which led to her documentary "Full of Missing Links". Overseas is her second feature film. Reading a book by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot, a Filipino sociologist, she found out that the Philippine government has institutionalized this form of migration by sending women to work abroad with two-year contracts, in a completely legal way. This was the reason why Sung-a decided to make a film about this phenomenon and shed the light on this completely invisible profession, which is performed mainly by women.
Watch online from 10 December, 2020