We Don’t Dance For Nothing
Stefanos TAI Hong Kong, Philippines 86 mins NC16 (Some Coarse Language) Singapore Premiere
In a parallel to the 2019 Hong Kong protests, a young Filipino domestic worker dreams of escaping her suffocating reality in the city.
A young Filipino domestic worker, H, and her friends in Hong Kong take to the streets every Sunday on their day off to chat—and dance—as a liberatory gesture, no matter how temporary. H dreams of moving to another country in order to escape her life as a domestic worker, but torn between her attachment to her employer’s children and her desire to be free, she struggles with the decision to leave.
Set during the 2019 Hong Kong protests, domestic workers and protesters share the streets—searching for freedom in their own ways. Combining photo montage and live action, this hybrid film is a humanistic portrayal of the lives of an underrepresented yet significant community in Hong Kong.
Raised by dancers in New York City, Stefanos TAI is a Chinese-Greek director and producer. We Don’t Dance for Nothing, his feature debut, was inspired by the memories of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong who number some 400,000.