Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Funding sought for movie on all-Pinay choir in HK

Filmmakers in Hong Kong will soon start an online fundraiser to help fund a movie on the Unsung Heroes choir, a group of singing Filipina domestic helpers whose video became viral in 2014.

British director Joanna Bowers and producer Tony Verb hope to raise $80,000 of the $250,000 needed to produce the movie, titled The Helper, through a Kickstarter campaign beginning on August 17, a report on South China Morning Post said Tuesday.

The Helper will document the Unsung Heroes' preparations for Clockenflap, a three-day music festival now on its eighth year.

The group will be trained by founder Jane Engelman, who also wrote their signature song "I Wish I Could Kiss You Goodnight," and Grammy award winner Sid Sidwell for the festival.

If successful, Bowers and Verb will submit The Helper to international film festivals such as Sundance in Utah and Toronto next year.

Bowers told SCMP that her relationship with her maid, Janai Abad, a psychology graduate, made her take an interest in the Filipinos she normally sees gathering in public places around the city.

"Janai is incredibly well educated but she realized that the salary as a domestic worker is so much more than what she could earn if she was in the Philippines," Bowers told SCMP.

According to the Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong's population data, there are 126,707 Filipino females and 8,374 males currently living in Hong Kong. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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