a film by Sung-A Yoon

Locarno IFF 2019

Length 90'
Format 2K - 16/9
Sound 5.1 & Stereo
Language PH / EN
Subtitles FR / EN / NL



In the Philippines, women get deployed abroad to work as domestic workers or nannies. In order to do so, they frequently leave their own children behind, before throwing themselves into the unknown. In one of the many training centers dedicated to domestic work that can be found in the Philippines, a group of trainees are getting ready to face both homesickness and the possible abuses lying ahead. During role playing exercises, they alternatively play both the roles of the employee and that of the employers. Bordering on fiction, “Overseas” brings to light the question of modern servitude in our globalized world, while emphasizing these women’s determination, their sisterhood, and the strategies they find to face the ordeals that awaits them in the near future.

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Director Sung-A Yoon
Image Thomas Schira
Sound Kwinten Van Laethem
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Music Frederic Verrieres
Sound editing & Mixing Emmanuel Soland
Color Grading Matthieu Weil


Produced by Iota Production and Les Films de l’oeil sauvage
In coproduction with Clin d’oeil films, CBA (Centre Bruxellois de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles), Michigan Films, Betv and France Télévisions
With the support of Centre du Cinema de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, le CNC, Fonds audiovisuel de Flandre (VAF), Canvas, DGD (Direction-Générale Coopération au Développement et Aide humanitaire), Région Paca, Procirep, Angoa and Casa Kafka Pictures – Belfius

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