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. (A film by Patrick Daly & Joel Fendelman. 2016. Philippines, Singapore. 90 minutes.)
Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Heather Gifford, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and discussion programs—organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS)/Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum—presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.