In the heart of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital, lives an elderly widow with her Afro-Caribbean housekeeper. While the lady of the house works on plant projects and calls the outside world, the domestic worker keeps things shiny. Alongside differences, their existence also intertwines. For instance watching soaps together, the conversations they have and their jostling in the kitchen where the lady of the house always has the last word. Whether it’s about storing onions, preparing meat or adding spices. And, if she has got out of bed on the wrong side, the day is characterised by impatience and a flood of complaints.
In this tragi-comic documentary, a static camera records the seemingly careless, yet archetypal scenes of daily life in fly-on-the-wall style. What happens in a place without clear social distinctions if class differences are still so deeply engrained in culture?