A young woman from a small village in Sulawesi, Indonesia, leaves her infant son and husband to work as a maid in Singapore in the hopes of giving her family a better life. The film takes a critical look at the sometimes harrowing conditions under which domestic service workers are forced to live, and the abuses that are leveled against them by their emplorers and the agencies that train and hire them. —Asia Pacific Films
Eric Khoo, born in 1965, is a film director from Singapore. He was introduced to the world of cinema at a very early age. He attended City Art Institute in Sydney, Australia where he pursued cinematography.
Eric Khoo put Singapore on the international film map with his first feature film “Mee Pok Man” (1995), picking up prizes at Fukuoka, Pusan and Singapore. His second feature “12 Storeys” (1997) won the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award and the UOB Young Cinema Award at the 10th Singapore International Festival, and the Golden Maile Award for Best Picture at the 17th Hawaii International Film Festival. More importantly “12 Storeys” was the first Singaporean film to be invited officially to participate in the 50th Cannes Film Festival (1997).
Mee Pok Man and 12 Storeys have together been screened at over 60 film festivals, held all over the world including Ivy League festivals such as Venice, Berlin and Rotterdam.
In 1998, Eric Khoo was… read more
This to me was a very interesting Docu-Drama. It's a docu - drama that has been stripped to the bare essentials and is almost a video diary of a young Indonesia maid. The film relies heavily on off screen techniques, pretty much everyone that isn't the maid is never seen only heard. This to me was a very effective way of creating a sense of subjective isolation, the only people we see are the people the maid has formed emotional bonds with (her son, pictures of her husband and the daughter of the sick old man). This film really reminded me of a few short Humphrey Jennings films. I was much more interested in the techniques than the actual message though I must admit.
A fictionalised account, made to look like a documentary, of a woman from a small village in Indonesia, moving to Singapore to work as a maid so she can send money home to her family. She leaves her… read review