Sung-A Yoon & 90' — 2019

In The Philippines, women get deployed abroad to work as domestic workers or nannies. To do so, they frequently leave their own children behind, before embracing this big unknown. In a learning center dedicated to the domestic work, one among many others in The Philippines , several candidates prepare themselves for homesickness and for the abuses that they will possibly endure. In role playing exercises, they play the worker’s role as well as the one of the employer. Within the threshold of fiction, Overseas bring to light the question of domestic slavery in our globalized world, while emphasizing those women’s determination, their sisterhood, and the strategies they find to face the obstacles that awaits them in the near future.


Production : Iota Production
Co-production : Les Films de l’Oeil Sauvage, Clin d’Oeil Films, CBA, Michigan
With the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Voo-BeTV, Casa Kafka, Canvas, DGD, CNAP

Sung-A Yoon
Sung-A Yoon
Thomas Schira
Kwinten Van Laethem
Image editor
Dieter Diependaele
Sound editor
Emmanuel Soland
Emmanuel Soland
Mathieu Weil
Frederic Verrieres
IOTA Production (Isabelle Truc)
Image Format
Sound Format
Languages OV
Ilongo, Tagalog, En
Available subtitles

2020 :
Cinemateca de Bogota, Colombia, 01/21
Festival Résistances, France, 08/20
Cinemalaya Film Festival, Philippines, 08/20
IndieLisboa, Portugal, 08/20
Beykoz Kundura, Turkey, 08/20
Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico, 04/20
Sarasota Film Festival, USA, 04/20
Atlanta Film Festival, USA, 04/20 – Best documentary feature
Terre de Femmes, Germany, 12/20
Sofia DocuMental Festival, Bulgaria, 12/20
Festival Etoiles de la SCAM, France, 12/20 – Etoile de la SCAM
Femspectives 2020 – Glasgow Feminist Film Festival, Scotland, 02/20
Festival Filmer le Travail, France, 02/20 – Grand Prix Filmer le Travail
Verzio International Human Rights documentary Film Festival, Hungary, 02/20
MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, USA, 02/20
Amherst Cinema Arts Center – «Bellweather» Screening , USA, 02/20
Bimovie – Woman film Festival , Germany, 01/20
DocPoint, Finland, 01/20
FIPADOC, France, 01/20
Premiers Plans d’Angers, France, 01/20 – Best directing European Film Award
Cinéma sous les étoiles , Canada, 07/20
DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Canada, 06/20 – Best Featur Documentary Award
Objectif center for photography Singapore (SG) – « Stories that matters 2020: who cares », Singapour, 06/20
Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival, Slovenia, 06/20
DOK.fest. München, Germany, 05/20
Construir Cine International Labor Film Festival, Argentina, 05/20 – Best Documentary Film Award
DocsBarcelona, Spain, 05/20 – Amnistia Internacional Catalunya Award
Flatpack Festival, United Kingdom, 05/20
DOCVILLE Leuven, Belgium, 03/20
CPH:DOX, Danemark, 03/20
Punto De Vista International Documentary Film Festival, Spain, 03/20 – 2020 Audience’s Prize
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece, 03/20
Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania, 03/20
Luxembourg City Film Festival, Luxembourg, 03/20
Cinemasia Film Festival, The Netherlands, 03/20
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 03/20
One World Romania, Romania, 03/20
Hebden Bridge film festival, United Kingdom, 03/20
Tempo Documentary Festival, Sweden, 03/20
FIFDH – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights , Switzerland, 03/20 – Youth Jury Award
Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Ukraine, 03/20
Colorado Dragon Film Festival, USA, 03/20
Portland International Film Festival, USA, 03/20
Comorán Film Festival, Spain, 11/20 – Special mention
Festival de Cinéma En ville!, Belgium, 08/20 – Prix du Public
2019 :
FIFF, Festival International du Film Francophone, Namur, Belgium, 09/19
Minsk International Film Festival, Bielorussia, 11/19
RIDM, Montréal, Canada, 10/19
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 10/19
Honk Kong Asian Film Festival, Honk Kong, 11/19
IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 11/19
Warsaw International Film Festival, Pologne, 10/19 – Best documentary
BFI London Film Festival, United Kingdom, 10/19
Message to Man, Russia, 09/19
Festival de Locarno, Switzerland, 08/19
Camden International Film Festival, USA, 10/19
Hamptons International Film Festival, USA, 10/19 – Best documentary
This Human World, Austria, 12/20

Awards and Mentions

Premiers Plans Angers (France) – Best directing European Films Awards 2020
Filmer le Travail (France) – Grand Prix Filmer le Travail 2020
Tempo Documentary Festival (Sweden) – Honorary Menton Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award 2020
Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival (Spain) – Audience’s Prize 2020
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (Switzerland) – Youth Jury Award 2020
Construir Cine International Labor Film Festival (Argentina) – Best Documentary Award 2020
Festival de Cinéma En ville! (Belgium) – Prix du Public 2020
Les Etoiles de la SCAM (Belgium) – Etoile de la SCAM 2020
Docs Barcelona International Documentary Film Festival (Spain) – Amnistia Internacional Catalunya Award 2020
Comorán Film Festival (Spain) – Special mention
DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Canada) – Best feature Documentary Award 2020
Hamptons International Film Festival (USA) – Best Documentary Film Award 2019
Warsaw International Film festival (Poland) – Best documentary Film Award 2019

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