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Midwives

Documentary 1h 31m 2022

In-Cinema experience
New York audiences can join us in person at the HRW Film Festival.

  • Saturday May 21, 5:15 PM, Film at Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
  • Monday May 23, 6:30 PM, IFC Center

Fully subtitled in English. Closed Captions available in English. You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions. Audio Described version of this film is available by purchasing the version titled: “Audio Described Version: Midwives” on this festival platform (HERE)

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.

Winner, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Excellence in Verité Filmmaking, Sundance 2022

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Producer

Bob Moore

Producer

Ulla Lehmann

Producer

Mila Aung-Thwin

Languages

Rohingya, Rakhine, Burmese

Subtitles

English