Stream the Award-Winning ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ for Free!

The documentary — celebrated for its earnest focus on the lives of overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong — will be streaming on Youtube for free on 15 May, 2020.

In the mood for an honest, earnest and multi-faceted approach to the storied and rich, vibrant lives of overseas Filipino workers? Sunday Beauty Queen, the poignant award-winning documentary directed by Baby Ruth Villarama, is streaming for free on Youtube starting 15 May, 2020. Watch it here:


We’re fans, and these amazing folks are dear, old friends: For our December 2019 issue, Smile caught up with the stars of Sunday Beauty Queen as they navigated the streets of Hong Kong, “[reshaping] the narrative of the overseas Filipino worker — as one of grit, community, hard work and hope.”

From our December 2019 cover story: “The documentary follows the lives of five Filipina domestic workers as they spend their Sundays — mandatory days off from work — prepping for beauty pageants. Chater Road in Central, which is closed down once a week so workers may rest, is the center of activity for OFWs. They line the road with cardboard boxes and have picnics, and they practise their song and dance numbers, but they also hand out information on workers’ rights and services that are crucial to their wellbeing. Incongruously set against the façades of the world’s best-known luxury brands, these women (and a few men), are reclaiming public space for themselves, with loud voices, aromatic food and an increasing level of self-advocacy.”

View the trailer below, and get hyped:

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