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.
Other titles in the series are:
Teach a Woman How to Fish and... - Sea farming empowers women in Fiji.
Dry Days In Dobbagunta - Literacy program spurs anti-liquor campaign in rural India and empowers women.
A Healthy Start - The debate over women's health care in South Africa.
The Alarm Rings Softly - Caribbean women use drama and reggae to fight domestic violence.
Footprints of Sorrow - Guatemalan war widows fighting for human rights.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1996
Copyright Date: 1995
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-938-0
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-665-8
"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