Baby Ruth Villarama | Philippines, Hong Kong | 2016 | 94 minutes
Beneath Hong Kong’s glittering facade, Filipinos working as domestic helpers work in relative anonymity and for near slave wages. In a beauty pageant like no other in the world, five helpers give themselves makeovers for a day and gleefully reclaim their dignity.
Good Pitch² Southeast Asia 2017
In Competition, World Premiere
Audience Choice Award
Hot Docs International
BIFF Mecenat Fund
Asian Network of
BABY RUTH VILLARAMA
Baby Ruth has been involved in documentary co-productions for more than 10 years in the Southeast Asia, from Philippines’ broadcast channel ABS-CBN, to international TV co-productions with MediaCorp, NHK, EuroNews, and NatGeo. She’s part of Voyage Studios, Film Producers Society, DokyuPeeps, and Phillipines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts on Cinema. She is a Chevening scholar of the British government who finished her post-graduate degree in Film Marketing and Distribution in 2015, and was awarded the British Council’s Social Impact Award in 2018. She has just become member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her notable works include: Jazz in Love (2013), Little Azkals (2014), Sunday Beauty Queen (2016).
Chuck Gutierrez is a multi-awarded film editor and producer. His works have championed Filipino cinema in major film festivals around the globe including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Pusan, London, Tokyo and New York. He is the co-founder of Voyage Studios which produces new breed of Philippine independent cinemas with respected directors, writers and cinematographers in the Philippines today.