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Mama please call me| 49mins
Director: Marije Meerman | Producer: VPRO
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: Netherlands
Subject Tags: economies, ethics, europe, gender, netherlands, philippines, race, relationships
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
This documentary portrays the daily lives of the Carino family, who lives "apart/together" in London, The Hague and Manila. It concentrates on the way the family keeps in contact through telephone, letters and e-mail. The main character is Emma, who lives in London where she works as a domestic helper and nanny. She is one of the Philippine mothers working in Europe, while their husbands or local nannies are taking care of their children. The mutual relations in a “trans-national family” are often defined by a interlaced mix of emotional and financial dependence. This documentary follows the life of a Philippine family spread around the world. It illustrates their ways of communication as well as their struggle between the need for love and attention and the need for economic security. It is also a mirror showing us the consequences of the choices made by people in the West concerning the care-taking of our children and the elderly, and other domestic work. These are consequences that redesign the economies and family structures of low-wage countries.
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