THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE HK PREMIERE

If you’d like to receive updates on when and where the film will be shown next, please email info@thehelperdocumentary.com 

Click here for more about the Premiere. And special thanks to our lead event sponsors, The European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao and Goldman Sachs.

The Helper Documentary chronicles diverse stories from Hong Kong’s domestic worker community, uncovering the inspiring combination of grit, pride and determination that drives them.

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In a city renowned for wealth and luxury, The Helper Documentary brings to light the sacrifices they make to support families - both in Hong Kong and at home. Often seen as the second mother in many homes, the stories show the immense contribution they make to Hong Kong society; a domestic backbone provided to so many. This is in the face of heart-breaking separation from their loved ones. Each feel wrenched from families, often missing crucial stages in their children’s lives, but do so willingly in order to financially provide for them. Yet these contributions regularly feel under-recognised, and the constraints suffered by many leave them feeling exposed, and sometimes even homeless. False accusations, relationships and financial hardship often means they struggle for a fair hearing. But the overriding message is a positive one. The Helper gives a human face to an often-critiqued community, countering negativity with uplifting stories of personal achievement. Director, Joanna Bowers says, "These are real people with real stories; not just domestic helpers. They are women, wives and mothers, confronting the perceived negativity and their own doubts to achieve the extraordinary, thanks to the supportive nature of the community itself - and those around it."

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While the film focuses on Hong Kong domestic helpers, its stories are relevant to domestic foreign workers around the world. This is why we’ve teamed up with the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers team to launch the ‘Thanks A Million’ campaign . The campaign officially launched Mothers Day, 14-May-2017 and is an effort to show our gratitude to the global helper community.

The Helper made its Hong Kong debut on Mothers Day, 14-May-2017. Click here for more details.

If you’d like to receive updates on upcoming screenings and digital releases, please contact us at info@thehelperdocumentary.com, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Here was our very first trailer created for our Kickstarter campaign.