By Sung-A Yoon
90 minutes | Belgium, France|2019

In the Philippines, women get deployed abroad to work as domestic workers or nannies. In order to do so, they frequently leave their own children behind, before throwing themselves into the unknown. In one of the many training centers dedicated to domestic work that can be found in the Philippines, a group of trainees are getting ready to face both homesickness and the possible abuses that lay ahead. During role playing exercises, they alternatively play both the roles of the employee and that of the employers. Bordering on fiction, Overseas brings to light the question of modern servitude in our globalized world, while emphasizing these women’s determination, their sisterhood, and the strategies they find to face the ordeals that awaits them in the near future.

Written & Directed By Sung-A Yoon
Image Thomas Schira
Sound Kwinten Van Laethem
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Music FrédericVerrières
Sound Editing & Mixing Emmanuel Soland
Color Grading Matthieu Weil
Production Isabelle Truc (Iota Production), Quentin Laurent
(Les Films De L’œilSauvage) & Hanne Phlypo (ClinD’œil Films)
In Coproduction with the Cba (Centre De L’audiovisuel A Bruxelles), Michigan Films,
Betv with the participation of France Televisions with the Support of Centre Du Cinema
De La Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Cnc – Centre Du CinémaEt De L’imageAnimée,
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (Vaf), Dgd, Region Provence-Alpes-Côte D’azur, Cnap,
Procirep-Angoa and from Tax Shelter Du Gouvernement Federal Belge – Casa Kafka
Pictures –Belfius

Festivals and Awards:
72th Locarno Flm Festival (IT) – Cineasti del presente 2019
29th Message to man international film festival (RS) – International competition
15th Camden International Film Festival (US) – Vision award nominee 2019
35th Warsaw Film Festival (PL) – International competition 2019 – Best Documentary Film Award
26th Hamptons International Film Festival (US) – Documentary competition – Best Documentary Film Award
63rd BFI London Film Festival (UK) – Documentary competition
24th Busan International Film Festival (KP) – Wide angle documentary films
33rd Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (BE) – Place aux docs
IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2019 (NL) – Best of Fests
RencontresInternationales du documentaire de Montréal 2019 (CA) – International competition
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2019 (CH)
26th Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” (BY)
12th This Human World Film Festival (AT)
15th Premiers Plans d’Angers (FR) – European Competition – Best directing European Films Award 2020
Doc Fortnight – MoMA’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media in New-York City (US)
19th Docpoint – Helsinki documentary Film Festival (FI)
11th Festival Filmer le Travail (FR) – Grand Prix Filmer Le Travail 2020
Amherst Cinema Arts Center – «Bellweather» Screening (US)
Femspectives 2020 – Glasgow Feminist Film Festival (UK)
Colorado Dragon Film Festival 2020 (US)
10th Luxembourg City Film Festival (LU)
Objectifcenter for photography Singapore (SG) – « Stories that matters 2020: who cares »
21st Tempo Documentary Festival (SE) – Honorary Mention Stefan Jarl International
Documentary Award 2020
Punto De Vista International Documentary Film Festival 2020 (ES) – 2020 Audience’s Prize
Cinemasia Film Festival 2020 (NL)
Toronto Doc Soup (screenings organized by Hotdocs International film Festival) (CA)
Cinemateca de Bogota (CO)
18th FIFDH – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (CH) – Youth Jury Award 2020
22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece (GR) – Top Docs section
43rd Portland International Film Festival (US)
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2020 (CZ)
22nd Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival (SI)
CPH:DOX 2020 (DA)
24th Vilnius International Film Festival (LH)
17th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (UA)
16th Patois International New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival (US)
2nd Hebden Bridge film festival (UK)
13th One World Romania (RO)
22nd Sarasota Film Festival (US)
18th San Sebastián Human Rights Film Festival (ES)
15th Ambulante Film Festival (MX)
35th DOK. Fest. München (DE)
23rd DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival (ES)
44th Atlanta Film Festival (US) – Documentary feature competition
17th IndieLisboa International Film Festival (PO) – Sylvestre section
16th Docville International documentary film festival (BE) – National Competition
12th Millenium Film Festival (BE) – National competition
14th Asian Pacific Screen Awards (AU) – In competition for “Best Documentary”
29th Innsbruck international film festival (AT)
Construir Cine International Labor Film Festival 2020 (AR) – Best Documentary Film Award
Festival de cinéma En ville ! 2020 – Official Competition

SUNG-A YOON is a French 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 the INSAS, a cinema school from Brussels, in 2008. Between 2001 and 2011, she directed ten short movies mostly showed in exhibitions (L’Atelier du Jeu de Paume, the Busan’s Biennale, l’Antenne du Plateau, the Bernard Anthonioz Art House, …). Switching to fiction, she finished in 2008 her short movie And I’ll Keep In My Heart that was selected for the Cannes Festival – cinéfondation, before travelling in a few international festivals. In 2012, she left to look for her dad, absent since her childhood, and ended up with her first documentary feature Full Of Missing Links (Courtisane-Gent Festival, London Korean Film Festival, …). Overseas is her second documentary feature.

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