Selected Project keyboard_arrow_right Help Is On The Way
Ismail Lubis
Nick Calpakdjian
Production Status
Date of Completion
Fresh Wave
Within corrupt systems of recruitment, training and placement, millions of Indonesian women place their hopes in domestic care roles overseas. Can competent help be delivered when the path is broken?
Production Company
Two Islands Digital
Help Is On The Way
Help Is On The Way brings to the screen a busy training center in West Java, that prepares women to work overseas as domestic workers. Every year, hundreds of women like Sukma, Meri, Muji and Tari are recruited by agents who are remunerated after successfully enrolling recruits in training centers. They are among the many women from rural areas aspiring to work in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. They enroll 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.

There are many reasons for women to work abroad, such as; to support their family, escape their family or 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 will be years, whilst other families are happy. While the women bring income that can alleviate their family poverty, at what cost and are they really improving their lives?

Help Is On The Way explores the lives of the various women during training and development, following them from their village to the school, into Jakarta and eventually working abroad in Taiwan. 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.