April 12

MIDWIVES a film written, directed and edited by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing

a film by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing  Canadian Premiere at Hot DocsA still from the film MidwivesShowtimes at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival:
Sunday, May 1 –  8:15pm – Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto
Thursday May 5  –  11:45am  –  Varsity 8, Toronto
Canada-wide Online Streaming – begins Monday May 5, 9AM – for 5 days

Tickets and More Info Here Midwives had its world premiere at Sundance and will now make its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs on Sunday May 1, 8:15pm at Isabel Bader Theatre.. 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.  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 ze 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.  “I was born in Rakhine State, Western part of Myanmar,” says Ei Hlaing. “When I was a kid, it seemed to me that Buddhist and Muslims were able to live peacefully side by side. As an adult, I was living and working as a filmmaker in Yangon in 2012, when the news of Rohingya conflict started to come out. I refused to believe that the hate speech I was hearing in the media at that time was reflective of reality. So I went back to my hometown to better understand myself, my people, where all this anger and hatred was coming from. On that visit I met two extraordinary women, a Buddhist Midwife and her young Muslim apprentice.  I made this film in order to represent myself and my country’s story – a story that I really want to tell using the film language.” Director Snow Hnin Ei HlaingProducers Bob Moore, Ulla Lehmann, Mila Aung-Thwin, Snow Hnin Ei HlaingRuntime 91:26 minsProduction Companies EYESTEELFILM, AMA FILM, Snow FilmsCountries of Production Myanmar, Canada, Germany