In the Philippines, women who wish to find employment abroad as nannies, domestic workers, or caregivers come to this training center. In addition to crucial know-hows on neatly and perfectly performing house chores, women learn foreign languages, role-play to prepare themselves for humiliation and suffering that are to come, and even receive training on protecting themselves from suicide or sexual harassment. Overseas takes a look at the Philippines, the largest supplier of the household labor around the globe, and its system for training and mass-producing women migrant workers. The film does not aim to criticize the system. Instead, it focuses on the women who will most likely become modern slaves outside of their motherland and illustrates how they exercise their right to decision-making, how they protect their dignity, and how they share sisterly love in this process. To support their families, these women have to leave their own children behind and head over to foreign countries. It is not hard to imagine what their future will be like, but YOON Sung-A uses long takes to capture their individual faces, which are not something we imagine. A second feature-length documentary by YOON, a Korea-born French filmmaker living in Belgium, Overseas was unveiled at the Locarno Film Festival this year. (KANG Sowon)
She is a filmmaker and a French artist born in South Korea, living in Brussels. Between 2001 and 2011, she directed ten short films that she showed mainly in exhibition spaces. Turning to fiction, she completed in 2008 the short film And in my heart, I will take away which is selected at the Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation).In 2012, she directed her first full-length documentary Full of Missing Links, in which she went to South Korea in search of her father.