"Part political, part personal, it's a story that people should hear."
- Short End Magazine
"This striking, moving film brings gender and globalization concepts to life. My students engaged with the nannies and deepened their understanding of key issues."
- Abby Schoneboom, Associate Professor of Psychology, City University of New York
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Subjects: Documentary, Immigration, Gender Studies
There are thousands of women working as nannies in New York City. They come from rural farmtowns in México and serene coastlines in the Philippines, leaving loved-ones behind in search of financial stability. Once here, they form an invisible, integral part of first-world families and economies.
Other People’s Children takes viewers on an emotional journey into the lives of three immigrant nannies. One live-in nanny finds herself in an unbearable living situation, while another sends money home and tries not to think about her children, who she hasn't seen in seven years. Meanwhile, a babysitter with over 15 years experience and U.S. citizenship sings praises about the trust she shares with her employers, but is everything really as good as it seems?
Director Beth Miranda Botshon met and forged relationships with these and many other nannies while she worked as a nanny to put herself through graduate school. Astounded by their histories, inspired by their drive and determination, and concerned about the disparities between her work experience and theirs, Beth started bringing her camera to the playground. The result is an up close and personal documentary about human connection, compromise, perseverance and hope.