Monday, May 23, 2022
The Q&A at 6:30pm will include: Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing (director), Mia Aung-Thwin (producer) and Shayna Bauchner (HRW Asia Division Researcher), moderated by Festival Staff.
Hla and Nyo Nyo live in a country torn by conflict. Hla is a Buddhist and the owner of an under-resourced medical clinic in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya (a Muslim minority community) are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Rohingya and an apprentice midwife who acts as assistant and translator at the clinic. Despite living in the area for generations, Nyo Nyo and her family are still considered intruders. Risking her own safety daily by helping Muslim patients, she is determined to become a steady healthcare provider and resource for the families who desperately need her. Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing’s remarkable feature debut was filmed over five turbulent years in Myanmar, shining a spotlight on these courageous women who unite to bring forth life, despite the risks and challenges of their own, offering a rare insight into the complex reality of Myanmar and its people.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. -Ania Trzebiatowska
Screening as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2022
All cinemas are wheelchair accessible.Fully subtitled in English. Closed Captions and Audio Description available in English in-person and online. Assistive listening devices available for all screenings. Please visit individual venue websites or contact individual box offices for details and note that equipment is subject to availability. Post-screening discussions will offer CART (live transcription).
- Country Myanman | German | Canada
- Language In Rohingya, Rakhine, Burmese with English subtitles
- Running Time 91 minutes
- Distributor Human Rights Watch FF
- Director Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
- Producer Mila Aung-Thwin, Bob Moore, Ulla Lehmann
- Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
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