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Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)

Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)

Expats find home in this beautifully balanced documentary on overseas work

Documentary, Drama

7.6

movie

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Japan Philippines UK Macao

Cantonese, Tagalog

Instructive, Slice-of-Life, Thought-provoking

2016

Baby Ruth Villarama

Cherrie Mae Bretana, Hazel Perdido, Leo Selomenio

95 min

Synopsis

Philippine documentary film directed by Baby Ruth Villarama and follows a group of expatriate domestic workers in Hong Kong as they prepare to take part in an annual beauty pageant.

Our Take

7.6
Renee Cuisia

Sunday Beauty Queen starts with a basic but startling fact: there are about 190,000 Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong. They toil for six days a week, with little breaks in between, but on Sundays, the one day they are given rest, they choose to take part in a fabulous beauty pageant.  

More than just a mere show, the pageant is a source of joy and relief for the migrant workers who, despite earning significantly more abroad than they would back home, are mired in a host of problems, including discrimination, loneliness, and underemployment. Because of the Philippines’ and Hong Kong’s stringent statutes, some helpers are also forced to go into hiding, unsure of who will protect them each time.

It’s to director Baby Ruth Villarama’s credit that the film feels both like a criticism and celebration of this migrant reality. She exposes the rotten system that forces these women to flee their country but doesn’t forget to highlight the humanity that keeps them going. This result of this deft balance is a story that is just as warm and exacting as any old home. 

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