Hnin Ei Hlaing’s ‘Midwives’ Takes Top Prize at Hot Docs Forum

Variety | 5/2/2019 | Jennie Punter
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TORONTO–Director Hnin Ei Hlaing’s “Midwives,” which tells the story of two midwives who work side-by-side in a makeshift clinic in Myanmar, has won Hot Docs’ First Look program’s first prize and CAN$30,000 ($22,000) cash, it was announced following the close of the Hot Docs Forum and Hot Docs Deal Maker events Wednesday afternoon.

“Midwives” was pitched by Hlaing and producers Ulla Lehmann (Germany’s AMA Film) and Mila Aung-Thwin (Canada’s EyeSteelFilm) at the Forum, the festival’s key international cofinancing market event. The Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and saw a total of 21 projects representing 18 countries pitched to more than 300 international broadcasters, streamers, funders, producers and other observers.

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