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Filmed over five years, Midwives follows a small birthing clinic in the highly politicized region of western Myanmar. The owner of the centre, a Buddhist named Hla, helps all women who enter the facility, with the assistance of Nyo Nyo, a member of the Rohingya Muslim community. Nyo Nyo acts as Hla's apprentice; she is encouraged to learn more about the birthing process in hopes of helping new mothers in the future. Hla faces great risks by serving Rohingya Muslims and fears her clinic will be shut down by the locals. The film offers a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of these two women as they create a healthy and loving space to welcome new life into this world. Samah Ali


  • Director(s)

    • Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
  • Producer(s)

    • Bob Moore
    • Ulla Lehman
    • Mila Aung-Thwin
    • Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Ken Pelletier
    • Shizuka Asakawa
    • Daniel Cross
    • Andrea Roggon
    • Erika Dilday
    • Justine Nagan
    • Chris White
    • Vijay Vaidyanathan
    • Inmaat Foundation
  • Editor(s)

    • Mila Aung-Thwin
    • Ryan Mullins
    • Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
  • Cinematography

    • Soe Kyaw Htin Tun
  • Composer

    • Olivier Alary
    • Johannes Malfatti
  • Sound

    • Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
    • Andreas Mühlschlegel
    • Marc Fragstein

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UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency

Community Partner: Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 

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