Hong Kong-based Filipino actress Crisel Consuji created a name in the international film industry after bagging the Best New Performer Award at the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last April 14.
She was applauded for playing the role of a Pinay nurse-turned-caregiver who got to take care of a disabled foreigner in the film “Still Human.”
In her acceptance speech, she recalled the people who helped her so she could do her best for the movie.
“It seems to tell the world that, in Hong Kong, when we celebrate our diversity, we move forward together. Siu-kuen, thank you so much. You are a brilliant woman, and a voice of women empowerment, and I hope little girls grow up to be like you. Thank you, Golden Scene, ‘Still Human’ and to the HK Film Awards. Thank you to my husband, too.”
She also called out all the overseas Filipino workers who helped her to deeply understand how it is to be a domestic helper.
“Thank you to all the women who bravely shared with me their stories. Kayo ay mga bagong bayani. You are modern heroes,” she said.
“Ang karangalang ito ay para sa inyo. Maraming salamat and, in the words of Evelyn [Crisel’s character], dor…tse!”
Crisel’s co-star Anthony Wong won the Best Actor Award and director Siu-kuen won Best New Director for the same film.
The movie “Still Human” is about a Hong Kongese divorcee who became paralyzed after an unfortunate event. He hired a Filipino domestic helper to take care of him while this caregiver gave up her dreams to earn for a living.