About the Film
Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, The Help stars Emma Stone (Easy A) as Skeeter, Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis (Doubt) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minnie—three very different, extraordinary women living in Mississippi in the 1960s, who forge an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling in all of them the courage to transcend the lines that define them and the realization that sometimes those lines are meant to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
What Does "Help" Mean To You?
Luz Amelia: "Help Is Collaboration"2:01
Help Is Love1:39
Yesenia Perez: "Help Is Magic"2:10
In The Help, a group of extraordinary women risk everything to tell the stories of their treatment as maids working for the white families of Mississippi in the 1960s. Their courage helps to open doors and break down cultural barriers, but many of the issues raised in the film still exist four decades later.
In America today, there are 2.5 million domestic workers, nearly 10 percent of whom do not earn the legal minimum wage. There is, however, an enduring spirit of collaboration and compassion in "today's help," and their stories are as powerful as those of previous generations.
In association with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, TakePart interviewed domestic workers from around the country about the issues facing nannies, housekeepers and caretakers, and what “help” means to them.
- Follow up by telling us what “help” means to you using the hashtag #helpstories.
- Join with the National Domestic Workers Alliance in fighting for the rights of “Today’s Help.”
These videos were produced in collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an organization dedicated to respect and fair labor standards for America's 2.5 million domestic workers. Learn more at domesticworkers.org.
Thank You For Sharing
We received so many inspiring and touching submissions to The Help Storytelling Challenge, and we’re thrilled to reveal the winners to you.
Challenge #1: Recipe
The Winner: Rebecca Lubin, of Mill Valley, CA, has been a nanny for nearly two decades. Her goat cheese lasagna was a tasty treat, but her heartwarming story left everyone in the TakePart kitchen teary-eyed. Get the recipe and read her full story.
Challenge #2: Children’s Story
The Winner: Darcy Pattison’s “11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph” is the story of a tenacious young girl who refuses to take a good photograph while her father is away “soldiering.” After being chosen by guest judge and children’s book author Lou Berger, we had her beautiful story professionally illustrated.
Challenge #3: Someone Who Inspires You
The Winner: Genoveva Islas-Hooker charmed guest judge Doc Hendley (founder of Wine to Water) with her story, A Heroine Named Confidential. A case manager for patients with HIV, Islas-Hooker was consistently inspired by one special individual who never gave up the fight to live.
She won a trip to New York City for a main stage performance of The Moth.
Read the complete story on TakePart.com.