Midwives

dir. Snow Hnin Ei Hliang / 2022 / Germany, Canada, Myanmar / 91min.
Buddist Hla and Muslim Nyo Nyo live in a country torn by conflict, risksing their own safety daily by helping Muslim patients

Hla and Nyo Nyo live in a country torn by conflict. Hla is a Buddhist and the owner of a makeshift medical clinic in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya (a Muslim minority community) are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Muslim and an apprentice midwife who acts as an assistant and translator at the clinic. Her family has lived in the area for generations, yet they are still considered intruders. Encouraged and challenged by Hla, who risks her own safety daily by helping Muslim patients, Nyo Nyo is determined to become a steady health care provider for her community. Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing’s remarkable feature debut was filmed over five turbulent years in a country that haslong been exoticized and misunderstood.

The filmmaker’s gentle, impartial gaze grants unique access to these courageous women who unite to bring forth life. Filled with love, empathy, and hope, Midwives offers a rare insight into the complex reality of Myanmar and its people.

duration:
91 min
country / year of production:
Germany, Canada, Myanmar / 2022
director:
Snow Hnin Ei Hliang
cinematography:
Soe Kyaw Htin Tun
producer:
Bob Moore / Eyesteel Films
selected festivals and awards:
2022 – Sundance FF: Special Jury Award
sections:
The Different Faces of the Far East
competitions:
Amnesty International Poland Award
tags:
religions human rights feminism relations awarded Far East

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