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AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series at the Spurlock Museum: Remittance

A film by Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman.
2016 / 90 minutes

Introduction and post-screening discussion with Heather M. Gifford
Predoc Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois.

Based upon an original script by Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman, Remittance is a realistic portrayal of low-wage migrant workers in Singapore shot at real locations with a cast including actual domestic workers. Following Marie, a foreign domestic worker from the Philippines, the film immerses us in the joys and hopes of the characters, while facing insurmountable setbacks, anxieties, and frustrations. Through the transformations Marie goes through as a woman dealing with conflicting obligations and aspirations, viewers better understand a global story of the commodification of labor and exportation of mothers from poor third world countries to first world nations.

AsiaLENS Film Series

AsiaLENS is a film screening and discussion series offering campus and community audiences an opportunity to view documentary and independent film on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.


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