“Midwives,” a film about a Buddhist midwife and her Muslim apprentice, has earned one of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival’s major awards.
On Friday, it won the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Vérité Filmmaking.
It features the story of two midwives.
Hla, is Buddhist and part of the majority population in Burma.
Her apprentice, Nyo Nyo, is Muslim and part of the Rohingya minority that has been forced to flee the country, after a brutal military genocide targeting them.
The two characters get along but also personify the tensions between the two communities.
Filmmaker Dawn Porter, announcing the award in a Twitter video on Friday said, “it’s a surprising story of female self-determination in the face of militaristic oppression.”