Award-winning documentary on OFWs in Hong Kong ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ to stream on Youtube

  • The award-winning documentary that tells the tale of overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong will be streamed for free on Youtube on May 15
  • It was announced over Facebook on May 12
  • It was the first-ever documentary to be included in the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival in 2016

An award-winning documentary that tells the tale of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong will be streamed for free on Youtube on May 15, its creators announced.

Image by Sunday Beauty Queen via Facebook

“Sunday Beauty Queen”, a documentary about the “real-life Cinderella tale of Filipino house helpers who dream to be beauty queens in Hong Kong”, will be shown for free online for the first time. It was announced over Facebook on May 12.

“On May 15, 2020, this crown is yours. Sunday Beauty Queen is streaming on Youtube for all of you,” a recent post on the documentary’s official Facebook page read.

Sunday Beauty Queen was one of the official entries in the indie film-dominated 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in 2016. It was the first-ever documentary to be included in the film festival. The documentary’s historic feat in the local scene was capped with a Best Film Award during the 42nd MMFF.

The documentary, directed by Baby Ruth Villarama, has also won more awards outside MMFF, including Gawad Urian’s Best Documentary in 2017.

Image by Sunday Beauty Queen via Facebook

In September 2019, Villarama shared a story about her making the documentary. She revealed that she is a child of a missing domestic worker. “I am a child of a missing domestic worker and to tell you the truth, I have not found her until now.”

“My experience with thousands of Filipino overseas workers has propelled me to make the film Sunday Beauty Queen, and once again make use of the knowledge I acquired during Chevening to contribute to the global campaign against modern-day slavery in different cities around the world,” Villarama then expressed.

Sunday Beauty Queen will be added to the many local indie films that were uploaded online by the TBA, one of the production companies behind this documentary, to bring some entertainment to viewers in the time of COVID-19.