Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  11 minutes
Date:  1996
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Amahs of Hong Kong

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Filipino women exploited as maids in Hong Kong.

The Amahs of Hong Kong

This film explores the lives of Filipino maids in Hong Kong. Forced by mass poverty and continuing economic crisis to leave their families and homeland behind, the amahs send 70-85% of their earnings back to the Philippines. The women often suffer horrific abuse from their employers, and the sacrifices they make are enormous, but so are the potential rewards: money to educate their children and to improve their own living when retired.

'Appropriate...for advanced high school, college or university classes dealing with labor, gender, and global migration.'
Nicole Constable, Asian Educational Media Service

'Express(es)...women's desire for independence, self-sufficiency and the important role of having a voice in the process of decision-making...fast paced, yet informative...geared toward the advanced high school student and above...has a place in all video collections in the areas of Women's Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology. Highly Recommended.' Belinda L. Robinson-Jones, MC Journal


Main credits

Edwards, Anastasia (film producer)
Rankin, Stuart M. (screenwriter)
Cheung, Shelly S. K. (film director)

Other credits

Camera, Siv Ki Yip.

Distributor credits

bbf DAERRE Productions with TVE

bbf DAERRE Productions with TVE
Anastasia Edwards

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies
Services Sector
Philippines, The
Economic Geography
Asian Studies

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Human Rights
International Studies
Pacific Studies
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
Women's Studies


Philippines,; women, maids, Hong Kong,; domestics,"The Amahs of Hong Kong",Bullfrog Films

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