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New documentary film about domestic helpers produced

22 July 2017

A new documentary about Hong Kong domestic helpers entitled “Yaya” has recently finished production.

The movie is partly produced by Justin Cheung Ko-ming, son of famous Chinese director Alfred Cheung Kin-ting, and will follow the story of their family’s Filipino maid Tessie and her personal life and family back in the Philippines.

“I am only more troubled by my family’s role in her lost time with her family, and more troubled by the treatment and racism they experience in Hong Kong,” the young filmmaker posted in the film’s official Facebook page after coming back from the Philippines to finish the film.

He added that domestic helpers are the “secret engine to Hong Kong’s economy”.

The 45-minute movie was produced with help from online crowd-funding sites that  raised a total of $150,000.

A trailer can be seen on YouTube by searching for the “Yaya Documentary” channel.

More details on the film’s distribution and screening dates are expected to be posted on the documentary’s FB page:  www.facebook. com/yayadocumentary.
—William Elvin 

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