絲諾寧伊萊Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Myanmar
  • DCP



Obstetricians Hla and Nyo Nyo, a Buddhist and a Muslim, brave persecution in Myanmar to provide medical care for Rohingya women. Despite the civil war and risks, Nyo Nyo establishes a clinic, showcasing resilience in the face of political turmoil. The Sundance-prize-winning documentary captures their unwavering commitment amid a backdrop of violence and instability.  

'I was born in Rakhine State, in the western part of Myanmar. When I was a kid, it seemed as though Buddhists 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, news of the Rohingya conflict started to come out. I refused to believe in the hate speech in the media at that time, so I went back to my hometown to better understand myself, my people, where all this anger and hatred was coming from. As a female filmmaker, I first thought of searching for a story about women in the conflict zone. Many people were saying that the Rohingya population was growing because of a lack of access to birth control. This heightened my curiosity to find midwives practising in the region. There I met two extraordinary women, a Buddhist midwife Hla and her young Muslim apprentice Nyo Nyo. This film is dedicated to women living in a conflict zone. It’s about compassion, courage, and sisterhood.' - Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing

Festivals & Awards
2022 Sundance FF
2022 IDFA
Director's Profile
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 documentary short Burmese Butterfly played festivals in more than 20 countries, and PERIOD@PERIOD won for Best Short at the Wathann Film Festival. Midwives is her feature documentary debut.

2011 Burmese Butterfly
2022 Midwives
Producer|Bob MOORE, Ulla LEHMANN, Mila AUNG-THWIN, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Cinematographer|Soe Kyaw Htin Tun
Scriptwriter|Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Editor|Mila AUNG-THWIN, Ryan MULLINS, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Music|Olivier ALARY, Johannes MALFATTI
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