Sung-A Yoon, Belgium/France, 2019, 90 min., documentary film, OV with english subtitles
We watch how a young Filipino woman is yelled at by her ma’am, grabbed, and dragged into the bathroom for cleaning. The scene is an educational theater play, but it is not fictional. OVERSEAS accompanies women who are being prepared for their work as OFW (Oversea Filipino Worker) in a camp. In addition to learning the work, they also learn about the harsh reality that awaits them: sleep deprivation, overwork and sexual assault. Many of the women have already experienced all of it.
Nevertheless, they leave the country for the future of their families and go to Dubai, Saudi Arabia or China, often for years. The most important mantra of the instructors: You are not robots, you are humans!