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FILM SCREENINGS

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

MIDWIVES

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award:
Excellence in Vérité Filmmaking

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 has long 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.

MEET THE DIRECTOR

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Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing

Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing has worked as a freelance filmmaker in Myanmar since 2006, acting as director, producer, editor, and sound recordist after attending film schools in both Myanmar and Germany. Her documentary short Burmese Butterfly played festivals in more than 20 countries, and PERIOD@PERIOD won for Best Short at the Wathann Film Festival. Midwives is her feature documentary debut.

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SCREENING TIME

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2022 | 16.30

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Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Bob Moore
Ulla Lehmann
Mila Aung-Thwin
Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Mila Aung-Thwin
Ryan Mullins
Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Olivier Alary
Johannes Malfatti
Ken Pelletier
Shizuka Asakawa
Daniel Cross
Andrea Roggon
Erika Dilday
Justine Nagan
Chris White
Vijay Vaidyanathan
Inmaat Foundation
Soe Kyaw Htin Tun
Valerie Shamash
Katie McKay
Samantha Neboschizkij

Myanmar
Rohingya, Rakhine, Burmese (with English subtitles)
91 minutes

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