Sunday Beauty Queen, a documentary,
is Best Movie of the Year.
(song on autoplay: “Bukas” (Tomorrow)
For the first time,
a documentary won Best Picture of the Year:
“Sunday Beauty Queen” by Baby Ruth Villarama follows the day-to-day life of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong —
which culminates in their Sundays
into dreams come true.
No special effects here,
no gifs, no script even,
not even actors —
just good old-fashioned life being lived and being filmed, life away from family and loved ones, washing dishes, cleaning houses, and taking care of other people’s children.
Here’s how the cast credits look like:
Rudelie Acosta … as Herself
Cherrie Bretana … as Herself
Chuck Gutierrez producer
Mylyn Jacobo … as Herself
Hazel Perdido … as Herself
Leo Selomenia … as Himself
Jack Soo … as Himself
Maybe “cast” would be a misnomer for a documentary:
“Cast” is defined by the dictionary as “the actors in a film, play, or show” (Cambridge English Dictionary).
In a documentary, no one is directing the people who are being filmed; they’re not acting or acting out or taking as many cuts to get the perfect lighting — they’re just living…
or costuming them or designing their hair,
or dialog-coaching their accents…
They are producing themselves, with their lives, their heart, their tears and laughter: i propose we call them all: Producers,
when we type up and run the credits.
But that’s just me, i’m not a film major.
Here’s the official trailer, you can still catch it. The trailer is musically scored but the movie does not seem to have a theme song online (i didn’t find any) … so… i externally embedded a soundcloud pod (atribida eh — musically scoring other people’s reels and digitals, but it’s external po, hwag ka magalit, the song can be snuffed out by clicking the soundcloud pod below the vid)
All materials are credited in the post title and in the first paragraph, all used here non-commercially for academic purposes.