Au Pair


The number of au pairs in Europe and the US has exploded and countries like the Philippines suffer from “care drain”, as many young people go abroad to take care of other people’s children.


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Au Pair

Au Pair

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The term ‘au pair’ refers to a cultural exchange, where young people can experience a foreign country in return for light housework and nursing – and a small allowance. In reality, au pairs are very cheap domestic help for busy families all over the world.

Au Pair follows three Philippine girls as they leave their families behind and try to make a better future for themselves abroad. Theresa has left her 2-year old daughter behind and is supporting her entire family back home on a salary of less than €350 a month. Matet’s salary pays her mother’s cancer treatment and Rosalie is providing for her younger sisters education. When the money is sent, there is nothing left and the dream of education and a better future is still just that – a dream.

Director Nicole Horanyi Nielsen & Heidi Kim Andersen
Producer Helle Faber
Produced by made in copenhagen
Duration 58 min.
Year of Production 2011
Original Title Au Pair