I will not prolong my intro to this film: SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN is MY FAVORITE entry to the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival. Directed by Baby Ruth Villarama, it follows a group of expatriate domestic workers in Hong Kong as they prepare to take part in an annual beauty pageant.
Sunday Beauty Queen (documentary) will give us a glimpse of what our OFWs in Hongkong experience injustice and how they cope with the existing system and bureaucracy. Its subtle way of story-telling will give you multiple reasons to wipe your tears while sitting in the cinema as it brings you to the sad reality of surviving overseas. Not to mention the courage to survive loneliness, which is the major enemy of working abroad. It definitely unfolds a story we are not prepared to know.
I felt the sincerity and intensity of the objective of this movie, that is to send a single message to everyone about how hard it is to really live and work for something that might involve shaking your self esteem and self respect just to provide money to your family. I have aunts who worked as OFW before in Hongkong. Now I can understand a small portion of their challenging lives before.
I liked how Villarama went back to the subjects a year after to check they’ve been. It’s an opportunity to discover whether hope remains in them. And it did.
Rod Magaru rates SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN 9/10.