[NEW] Stories That Matter 2020: Who Cares | Overseas

By Sung-A Yoon
Singapore Premiere
Belgium, France | 90min | Tagalog and English, with English subtitles | PG13
Post-screening discussion with Ruby Thiagarajan and Jaya Anil Kumar

  • Official Selection - Locarno International Film Festival

Director Sung-A Yoon crafts a sensitive, emphatic portrait of the hardy women who serve millions of households across the world as maids and caregivers. Set in a training centre in the Philippines, Overseas is a behind-the-scenes look at how thousands of Filipino women prepare themselves to become domestic workers abroad. Apart from learning how to carry out household chores, the women perform role-playing exercises that steel them for uncomfortable, potentially humiliating interactions with their future employers. The film underscores their vulnerability and precariousness as live-in help, the personal sacrifices they make, and the resilience and strength that they lend each other.

Watch the trailer here

About the speakers:

Ruby Thiagarajan
is a writer and the editor-in-chief of Mynah Magazine, an annual longform magazine about Singapore.

Jaya Anil Kumar is the Case Manager at the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME), an NGO in Singapore that provides services for thousands of migrant workers in need, including shelter, legal assistance and training programmes. At HOME, Jaya oversees the casework relating to migrant domestic workers, and provides them advice and guidance on their rights. Jaya has also conducted research related to human rights and trafficking. She has published articles relating to Singapore's anti-trafficking legislation and various other legal issues.


Get the Stories That Matter Season Pass to attend all four film screenings from 4 to 7 Jun 2020 at only $35! Standard tickets are $10 per screening.

Please note that tickets are non-exchangable and non-refundable.


Stories That Matter 2020: Who Cares
Curated by Chelsea Chua and Nurul Huda Rashid
Details at http://objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2020

WHO CARES reflects on how image-making and the act of looking are implicated in systems of care and responsibility, and how these systems are increasingly complicated by phenomena such as social media, surveillance and big data. It also looks at broader connections to community and caregiving, and how the art of documentary can raise awareness and incite action.

Stories That Matter is an annual programme presented by Objectifs that looks at critical issues and trends in non-fiction visual storytelling.


About the Director:
Sung-A Yoon is a French cinematographer and artist born in South Korea and living in Brussels. She graduated from the National Superior School of Fine Arts of Paris-Cergy in 2005, and from the INSAS, a cinema school from Brussels, in 2008. Between 2001 and 2011, she directed ten short movies mostly shown in exhibitions. Switching to fiction, in 2008 she finished her short film And I'll Keep In My Heart, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival's Cinéfondation. In 2012, she searched for her dad, who was absent since her childhood, and ended up with her first documentary feature Full of Missing Links. Overseas is her second documentary feature.

Header image: Overseas by Sung-A Yoon

Stories That Matter 2020: Who Cares is supported by the Cultural Matching Fund.

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