Midwives

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Showings

The Main 2 Sun, May 8 11:50 AM
The Main 2 Fri, May 13 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Documentary
Women & Film
Tags:Documentary
Motherhood
Asian Interest
Religion
Health & Wellness
Human Rights
Women Directors
War
Politics
Culture & Society
Women's Rights
Release Year:2022
Runtime:91 min
Country/Region:Myanmar
Canada
Germany
Festivals & Awards:2021 Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Excellence in Vérité Film
Language:Rohingya
Rakhine
Burmese
Print Source:EyeSteelFilm
Cast/Crew
Director:Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Executive Producer:Shizuka Asakawa
Daniel Cross
Erika Dilday
Justine Nagan
Ken Pelletier
Andrea Roggon
Vijay Vaidyanathan
Producer:Bob Moore
Ulla Lehmann
Mila Aung-Thwin
Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Cinematographer:Soe Kyaw Htin Tun
Editor:Mila Aung-Thwin
Hnin Ei Hlaing
Ryan Mullins
Composer:Olivier Alary
Johannes Malfatti

Description

Set in an active conflict zone, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing’s fascinating debut feature follows the fragile relationship between Hla, a Buddhist midwife who runs a clinic in Myanmar, and her friend and apprentice, Nyo Nyo, a Muslim who belongs to the persecuted Rohingya community. When Nyo Nyo takes steps to open her own clinic, the stakes are raised.

 

More than midwives, Hla and Nyo Nyo struggle to provide medical assistance to everyone who comes through the clinic’s doors. And Nyo Nyo isn’t just eager to assist her community — becoming a midwife will allow her to be financially independent. Shooting in Myanmar’s remote Rakhine state, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing’s finely observed debut was filmed over five years and is a story of heartbreaking compassion.


Director Biography

Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing

Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing grew up in the Rakhine state. After attending the Yangon Film School and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, she worked as a freelance filmmaker, both in Myanmar and internationally. She directed the documentary shorts Burmese Butterfly (2012) and PERIOD@PERIOD (2016). Midwives (2022) is her debut feature.


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