The Helper (2018)
The Helper chronicles stories from Hong Kong’s migrant domestic workers, exploring their immense contribution to society in the face of heartbreaking separation from their loved ones. The Unsung Heroes choir of Filipina helpers rehearse I Wish I Could Kiss You Goodnight to perform at Clockenflap music festival. Will they be ready for the spotlight? Can they balance their dreams with the reality of their maternal sacrifices? Helper/mountain climber Liza trains to return to the Himalayas to attempt to summit Island Peak. Her determination has enabled her to traverse constraints of her position, but is her indefatigable spirit enough to get her to the top? Indonesian former helper Nurul, is a new mother, ensnared within the legal and immigration system with only NGOs keeping her afloat. Will she win her legal battle despite odds being stacked against her? Can she provide a future for her daughter? These are women, wives and mothers, confronting the impossible to achieve the extraordinary.
Director: Joanna Bowers
Producer: Joanna Bowers, Tony a Verb
Cast: Liza Avelino, Joy Carbonnell, Jane Engelmann, Nurul Hidayah, Analyn Tapil