Selected Project keyboard_arrow_right Help Is on the Way?
Ismail Fahmi Lubish
Nick Calpakdjian
Production Status
In Prodution
Date of Completion
December 2018
75 Minutes / TV 60 Minutes
Total Budget
USD 98,000
Financing In Place
USD 30,393
Requested Contribution
USD 67,607
Production Company
Two Islands Digital
Help Is on the Way?
A busy nanny school in Indramayu, West Java, is preparing hundreds of women each year for life as domestic workers abroad.

Every year in Indramayu, West Java, hundreds of women are being prepared for life abroad as domestic workers. Women like Piah, Sukmawati and Sumerry are recruited by local agents who are then remunerated by a local nanny school after successfully seeing their recruits enrolled. They are among the many women from Indramayu aspiring to work in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. They enroll in the school, a training center set up by employment agencies to prepare rural Indonesian women to work as caregivers by learning language skills and elderly care, preparing themselves for the work they will undertake overseas while completing their paperwork and waiting for placement.

There are many reasons for women like Piah, Sukmawati and Sumerry to work abroad, such as; to support their family, to escape their family, to experience a sense of independence and excitement. Negotiations with family are carefully handled, as they are not always happy to see their loved ones go abroad, for what may be years, whilst other families are happy. While the women bring income that can alleviate their family poverty in rural areas, are they really improving their lives? And at what cost?

This film explores the various characters that undertake the required training and development, following them from their village to the school, into Jakarta and eventually working abroad in Taiwan. It also explores the role of the agents, teachers and personnel at the school. 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.