An Indonesian woman pushes an elderly person in a wheelchair in a still from 'Help is on the Way' - IFF 2021
Help is on the Way (2020)

Indonesian Film Festival presents

Help is On the Way

Ismail Fahmi Lubis | Indonesia, Taiwan | 2020 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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General Admission



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.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Two Islands Digital
Runtime: 91 mins

Event duration

91 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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