Some called it Burma, others Myanmar. Most won't find it on the map. Whilst Ukraine dominates Western media, Myanmar is almost forgotten, left to suffer under a cruel military regime whilst civil war is their sad but best hope.
As with wars everywhere, they've little to do with the majority, the average person seeking to feed their family and daring to dream of a better future.
Similarly, the hatred of Muslims in Myanmar is driven by politicians and a political military, not the general Public.
Enter a village where there was peace between Buddhists and Muslims yet now Buddhists are forced to alienate Muslims lest they be killed as supporters of the 'enemy'. Yet a Buddhist midwife is training a Muslim women in her trade.
The documentary isn't a narration nor a Hollywood spectacle. It's a slow fly on the wall observing silent desperation, the poor plight of women whilst living with fear. It also shows the complicated relationship between the two women, as human in its contradictions as it is anywhere else in the world.
I highly recommend that it be watched as a double-feature with 'A Thousand Fires', also released this year. That shows the life of an impoverished, illegal oil mining family in the same country.
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Two midwives, one Buddhist and one Muslim, defy strict ethnic divisions to work side by side in a makeshift clinic in western Myanmar, providing medical services to the Rohingya of Rakhine State.
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December 11, 2022 at 04:33 PM