On the basis of a social anthropological case study, this film documents the birth practices of the Bunong in Mondulkiri province, located in the North East of Cambodia. Social, economic, and political changes are transforming the province tremendously and are affecting villager’s beliefs, perceptions and habits regarding pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood. Traditional midwives, pregnant women, mothers and their families give a personal insight into their present decision making strategies, which are at the crossroads between tradition and modernity.
Brigitte Nikles was born in 1980. She studied Social Anthropology, International Law and International Relations at the University of Zurich. Currently she is working as a Research Coordinator for Nomas RSI in Cambodia.
Tommi Mendel was born 1970 in Switzerland. He studied Social and Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies and History at the University of Zurich with the focus on Visual Anthropology. His ethnographic documentary “”Bunong’s Birth Practices Between Tradition and Change”” (2010) won several prizes at international film festivals.