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Country: MYANMAR, CANADA, GERMANY
Language: Rohingya, Rakhine, Burmese
Run Time: 91 minutes
In 2016 Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, began an ethnic cleansing campaign began against Rohingya Muslims, blaming them for all of the problems in their communities. Over the last few years, tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed in Myanmar, and hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee the country. Those who remain are some of the most persecuted people in the world, according to the UN. But before the country’s leaders began to spread hatred against Muslims, Buddhist and Muslim neighbors lived peacefully side by side for generations, and some still do…to an extent. Hla, a Buddhist midwife in a small village, treats Buddhists and Muslims alike, although the way she talks to her Muslim patients echoes the racist sentiment from the Myanmar military. Her Muslim apprentice Nyo Nyo is training to be a midwife in order to bring her Rohingya village much-needed access to healthcare. Intimate and nuanced, MIDWIVES is a complex documentary that captures both the affection and the tension between Hla and Nyo Nyo through Nyo Nyo’s apprenticeship and beyond. —G.S.
Friday, April 01, 2022 at 2:40 PM
Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 9:30 AM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
46th CIFF College Program
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