Foreign domestic workers, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, are arguably the lifeblood of Hong Kong. Our city has more than 350,000 such workers, mainly women, accounting for 9% of the total workforce. They work for 11% of all households, including 30% of all households with children. But how often do we hear their stories, and share in their struggles?
The crowd-funded documentary, “The Helper”, connects multiple intimate stories. The Unsung Heroes is a choir of 50 Filipinas that aim to perform before an audience of thousands at the Clockenflap music festival. Long-time domestic helper and avid climber Liza trains in Hong Kong but aims at the top of the world, where she wants to revisit a previous failed attempt in the Himalayas. Indonesian former helper Nurul is a new mother who has been wrongly accused and fired and has to deal with red tape to clear her name.
Joanna Bowers is a seasoned independent producer and director of television, film and commercials. She is also an experienced casting director. A native of the UK, she now lives in Hong Kong, working throughout Asia as a writer & director.
Speaker: Joanna Bowers,Director
The Human Rights Press Awards are run by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The ceremony took place in May 2017. Click here to see the winners.