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OVERSEAS

Sung-A Yoon

Belgium, France , 2019 / 90 min / Filipino and English OV with French or English subt. / documentary

In partnership with CID Fraen an Gender
Film director Sung-A Yoon will be attending the screening

“Overseas” sheds light on the issue of domestic slavery, highlighting the determination of exploited women and their strategies to face obstacles.

In the Philippines, thousands of women get deployed abroad to work as domestic workers or nannies. They frequently leave their own families and children behind, before throwing themselves into the unknown. The Filipino government encourages and promotes this practice, presenting the women working overseas as national heroes. In one of the many training centres dedicated to domestic work that can be found all over the Philippines, a group of trainees are getting ready for the great plunge into the unknown and to face both homesickness and the possible abuses lying ahead. Bordering on fiction, Overseas brings to light the question of modern servitude in our globalised world, while emphasising these women’s determination, their sisterhood, and the strategies they find to face the ordeals that await them in the near future.

“The most sympathetic, illuminating study of domestic labour since RomaNeil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, 22/08/2019

Screenings
Fri 06/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia PH & EN OV with FR subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28821&kassi...
Sat 07/03 16:30 Cinémathèque PH & EN OV with EN subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28826&kassi...
Tue 10/03 16:30 Ciné Utopia PH & EN OV with FR subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28948&kassi...

“Sung-a Yoon, tactful, with a respect for her heroines, balances between creative and documenting elements in a well-executed manner.” Joanna Konczak, Asian Movie Pulse, 28/10/19

“Well-balanced hybrid shines welcome light on the plight of ex-pat household servants […] The most sympathetic, illuminating study of domestic labor since RomaNeil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, 22/08/2019

Awards
  • Best Documentary, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2019 (United States)
  • Best Documentary, Warsaw International Film Festival, 2019 (Poland)
Cast & Credits
Screenplay 
Sung-A Yoon
Cinematographer 
Thomas Schira
Sound 
Kwinten Van Laethem
Music 
Fréderic Verrières
Production 
Iota Production, Les Films de l’Œil Sauvage, Clin d’Œil Films
Coproduction 
Michigan Films, BeTV
Distribution 
CAT&Docs
Biography

Sung-A Yoon is a French film director, 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 INSAS, a cinema school in Brussels, in 2008. Between 2001 and 2011, she directed ten shorts, mostly showed in exhibitions. Switching to fiction, her short And I’ll Keep in My Heart (2008) was selected for the Cannes Festival – Cinéfondation. In 2012 she went looking for her father, absent since her childhood, and turned her search into her first documentary feature, Full of Missing Links (2012). Overseas (2019) is her second feature-length film.

Filmography
  • 2019 – Overseas (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2012 – Full of Missing Links (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)2011 – La Pianiste (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2010 – Nata lurnata (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2008 – Et dans mon cœur j’emporterai (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2006 – Adieu je pars et dans mon cœur j’emporterai (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2006 – Elle peut pas oublier le sentiment toute la vie (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2005 – De l’aute côté (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2005 – Cathy (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2001 – How to Manage With or Without One Hundred ‘A’ (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)