Belgium / France 2019, 90 min, English, Filipino and Tagalog, Hebrew & English subtitles
A group of Filipina women is preparing to deploy abroad to work as domestic caretakers. At the training center, they learn more than how to care, clean, and cook for their charges—they learn to cope with the long separation from their children, and the abuse they will almost certainly endure from their employers.
In an attempt to develop the resilience needed to survive these difficult-yet-lucrative jobs, the women engage in role-playing exercises. They play themselves: humiliated, harassed, tired, and—for lack of other options—subservient; and their employers: thoughtless, capricious, violent.
Brimming with heartwarming compassion and humor, the film opens a rare window into the world of the women so many of us get to meet, and yet so few of us know. Their experience is shockingly different from our own, even though it takes place right in our homes.
With the support of the Embassy of Belgium
Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Previous Festivals: Locarno, BFI London