Indonesian Film Festival presents
Help is On the Way
Thu 1 Apr 2021
Within the corrupt systems of recruitment, training and placement, millions of rural Indonesian women place their hopes and dreams in domestic care roles overseas. Can competent help be delivered when the path is broken?
Help Is On The Way brings to the screen a busy nanny school in Indramayu, West Java, that prepares women to work overseas as domestic workers, following them from their village to the school, into Jakarta and eventually working abroad in Taiwan.
Every year, hundreds of women like Sukma, Meri, Muji and Tari are recruited by local agents who are remunerated after successfully seeing their recruits enrolled in local training centres. They are among the many women aspiring to work in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. They enrol in a school and learn language skills and elderly care, preparing themselves for the work they will undertake overseas while completing their paperwork and waiting for placement. It is at times an emotional journey, but also funny, enlightening and a little competitive, offering a unique insight into a lifestyle not often seen on screen.
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The 15th Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) 2.0 will be showcasing a diverse range of commercial and art house cinema from Indonesia, a country often known for its striking beauty and rich culture.
Under the theme, 'Beyond the Digital Screenscape', IFF aspires to transcend the ever changing nature of digital media. Despite the limitations posed by the current challenges, IFF strives to deliver a professional yet intriguing online film festival experience.