Bullfrog Films
11 minutes
Grades 7-12, College, Adult

Directed by Anastasia Edwards
Produced by bbf DAERRE Productions with TVE

DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45

US Release Date: 1996
Copyright Date: 1995
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-938-0
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-665-8

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

A Woman's Place - Short Stories Series
The Amahs of Hong Kong

Filipino women exploited as maids in Hong Kong.

"Fast paced, yet informative...Highly Recommended." Belinda L. Robinson-Jones, MC Journal

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.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/amahs.html

"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