Programmed by Caroline Châtelet
In a training center for house work, like many others in the Philippines, candidates who are about to leave prepare themselves for the homesickness and mistreatment that could occur overseas.
According to official figures, every year, 180,000 Filipinos leave to work abroad. These Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are crucial cogs in a vast migration industry developed by the Filipino authorities since the mid-1970s. Immersing herself in one of the countless centres spread out all over the country, the French-Korean director Sung-A Yoon closely follows a training course to prepare these workers for their departure. In direct cinema, we watch the practical and theoretical lessons as well as their informal moments – the women live in the centre throughout their training. Although it captures the heart-warming sisterhood that develops, little by little, the film portrays the ambivalence of this teaching dispensed by former OFWs, which turns out to be based on servility and of little use to protect these women from the mistreatment they risk.
Journalist and critic