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THE HELPER DOCUMENTARY

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The concept

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THE HELPER documentary will highlight the sacrifices and struggles of migrant domestic helpers working to create a better future for the children they left at home.

We 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 their other home countries.

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The film will explore the varied individual stories of the women in the choir, two-thirds of whom are mothers. Peeling back the veneer of their daily routines, we will explore the hardships and exploitation they suffer, their vulnerability within their adopted city and ultimately the challenges they are determined to overcome to provide a better life for their families.
The finale of the film will see the choir take to the main stage on the Sunday night of the famous Clockenflap music festival in Hong Kong and share their song with an audience of thousands.

The creators

Joanna Bowers

Joanna Bowers

Director / Producer

Joanna made her directorial debut in 2009 and has since gone on to direct TV pilots,, documentaries, commercials and corporate content in the US and Asia. Recent work includes content for Cathay Pacific, The North Face and Lee Jeans.

Tony Verb

Tony Verb

Producer

Tony has been involved in social and cultural projects in Hong Kong ever since he arrived to the city in 2011. He specialises in production and promotion of live music, art and entertainment and advertising.

Nicole Chamberlin

Nicole Chamberlin

Producer

Nicole moved to Hong Kong from Los Angeles recently where she worked for the Food Network. Other credits include independent film as well as live, reality and scripted television.

Mandy Queen

Mandy Queen

Public Relations

Mandy has been delivering strategic and creative PR campaigns for 17 years in Asia and the UK. She co-organises CreativeMornings and is a board director of the Council of Public Relations Firms in Hong Kong.

our collaborators

We couldn’t possibly put this film together without the help of:

Jane Engelmann
Allison Burton-Parker
Paul Kay
Tom Mitchell at Treacle
Craig Hollingsworth
Simon Fuller at EightFiveTwo
Kurt Kamka
Lisa Henderson
Justin Sweeting, Mike Hill and Jay Forster
Alan Bell and Emily Lau

Founder of Unsung Heroes Choir
Graphic Design
Copywriting
Editing/Animation and Titles
Additional Footage
Additional Footage/Color Grade
Photography
Production/Post-Production Assistant
Clockenflap
Domestic Helpers Roundtable

 Pathfinders, Enrich, Mission For Migrant Workers, Justice Centre Hong Kong

contributors

A huge thanks to our Kickstarter supporters who backed us at the “Contributor” level or above. The Helper Documentary couldn’t have become reality without you!

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