Direction : Jorge León
Durée : 60 minutes
O.V. Indonsian
S.V. french / english / dutch



Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2009. In a recruitment Centre, women undergo training to become maids. They learn how to use a microwave, how to be polite, their future employer’s language and stamina at work. Tens of thousands of them leave each month for Asia or the Middle East in the hope of bringing a better salary back home. But hope sometimes turns into a nightmare: overworked and mistreated, they are reduced to a state of slavery.

Their stories lie behind the domestic function for which they were trained, revealed in looks, words, laughter and shocking silence.

Data Sheet

  • Direction : Jorge León
  • Assistant direction : Jasna Krajinovic
  • Sound : Quentin Jacques - Abdi Kusuma Surbakti
  • Editing : Marie-Hélène Mora
  • Mixing : Luc Thomas
  • Production manager : Véronique Marit
  • Associate producers : DERIVES - Luc & Jean Pierre Dardenne.


  • RTBF (Télévision Belge)
  • CBA (Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles)

Produced with assistance from the "Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique", the "Télédistributeurs wallons", and the "Région Wallonne".

With the support of "Damaged Goods – Kunstenfestivaldesarts et NXTSTP", and of the "programme culturel de l’Union européenne Centre pour l’égalité des chances et la lutte contre le racismela Fondation Roi Baudouin – la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles et de la Loterie Nationale".

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