By: Maggie Huang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
A documentary that delves into the daily dramas of Filipino domestic workers had its premiere at the 21st Busan International Film Festival in South Korea early this month, with the Manila-based director seeking to shatter stereotypes about the millions of women employed in households across the world.
Babyruth Villarama’s documentary “Sunday Beauty Queen” tells the story of Filipina domestic helpers in Hong Kong finding fulfillment through a beauty contest. She followed five domestic workers as they gear up for the annual Miss Philippines Tourism Hong Kong, a pageant organized by maids in the Asian financial hub since 2008.
The film gives audiences a closer look at domestic workers’ daily lives in Hong Kong, which includes interactions with their employers, their working conditions, and their relationships with families back in the Philippines. [FULL STORY]