dir. Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing / Myanmar, Germany / 2022 / 91’
Kinoteka, plac Defilad 1, Warszawa, Polska
Director(s): Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Cinematography: Soe Kyaw Htin Tun
Editing: Mila Aung-Thwin, Ryan Mullins, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Sound: Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing, Andreas Mühlschlegel, Marc Fragstein
Music: Olivier Alary, Johannes Malfatti
Producer(s): Bob Moore, Ulla Lehmann, Mila Aung-Thwin, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Production: EyeSteelFilm, AMA FILM
World sales: Dogwoof
Language(s): Rohingya, Rakhine, Burmese
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. Over five years we witness their struggles, hopes and dreams amidst an environment of ever-increasing chaos and violence.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award - Excellence in Verité Filmmaking), CPH:DOX, Hot Docs (Don Haig Award), IDFA, DOK.fest München, Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (Next Award), Bergen International Film Festival
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 short film “Burmese Butterfly” was screened at festivals in over 20 countries, and “Period@Period” won the award for Best Short at the Wathan Film Festival. “Midwives” is her feature documentary debut.