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Hong Kong: Filmmakers launch crowdfunding campaign to pay tribute to the city's unsung heroes --- domestic workers

Hong Kong: Filmmakers launch crowdfunding campaign to pay tribute to the city's unsung heroes --- domestic workers

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by IDWFED published Aug 17, 2015 12:00 AM
Filmmakers, Joanna Bowers and Tony Verb, are raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign to porduce a documentary which will pay tribute to these women called THE HELPER.

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HONG KONG -

Filmmakers Joanna Bowers and Tony Verb are planning to produce a documentary, called The Helper, which will pay tribute to these women and highlight their lives.

THE HELPER documentary will follow the Unsung Heroes, a choir of migrant domestic helpers living and working in Hong Kong, as they rehearse “I Wish I Could Kiss You Goodnight,” a song with a poignant message to the children they’ve left behind in Indonesia, the Philippines and other countries.

It will explore the varied stories of these many different women, 64% of whom are mothers, peering behind the masks of their bravery to explore the hardships and exploitation they suffer, their vulnerability within the city and ultimately the challenges they frequently overcome in order to provide a better life for their families.

The uplifting finale of the film will occur as the choir takes to the stage on the Sunday night of the Clockenflap music festival and shares their music with the city before an audience of thousands of appreciative Hongkongers.

“The Helper is a tribute to migrant domestic workers and will show the maternal sacrifice they make through the perspective of individual helpers, their own children, and the children they help to raise in Hong Kong,” Bowers said.

“Ideally, we hope we can change the way in which these hardworking ladies are perceived by giving them a platform and highlight their very real stories to the world,” Verb said.

About 51 percent of the profit from the documentary will go to non-governmental organisations that serve the interest of migrant domestic workers.

For details on the gifts available to Kickstarter campaign supporters please see the PDF document.

The Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1500194098/the-helper-a-hong-kong-documentary

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Source: The Helper Documentary

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