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MIDWIVES

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, which won the Special Jury Prize in Excellence in Vérité Filmmaking at the Sundance, 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.

SPONSORED BY

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
PRODUCER(S)Bob Moore, Ulla Lehmann, Mila Aung-Thwin, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
SCREENWRITER(S)N/A
CASTN/A
CINEMATOGRAPHERSoe Kyaw Htin Tun

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: HAWAI‘I PREMIERE
YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 91 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Rohingya, Burmese
SUBTITLES: English

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