DER Documentary

Bunong's Birth Practices (Bunong Guu Oh)


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by Tommi Mendel & Brigitte Nikles
color, 53 min, 2010




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On the basis of a social anthropological case study, this film documents the birth practices of the Bunong in Mondulkiri province, located in the northeast of Cambodia. Social, economic, and political changes are transforming the province tremendously and are affecting villagers' 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.

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“In a word, Bunong birth practices today are both modern and traditional, and the film well illustrates the struggle between and yet the integration of modernity and tradition&helip; Suitable for college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of sexuality/reproduction, anthropology of religion, anthropology of modernization/culture change, and Southeast Asian studies, as well as general audiences.” — Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany, 2012
Honorable Mention, Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival, Canada, 2011
Days of Ethnographic Cinema, 2011
RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, London, UK, 2011
Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011
Espiello Rechira, Award for Best Research Work, Espiello Muestra de Documental Etnografico, Spain, 2011
Worldfilm Festival of Visual Culture, Estonia, 2011
Days of Ethnographic Film, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2011
Antropofest International Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2010
Athens Ethnographic Film Fesival, Greece, 2010
Contro-Sguardi International Anthropological Film Festival, Perugia, Italy, 2010
International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2010
Cambodia International Film Festival, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2010
Slovak Ethnographic Society Award, International Film Festival Etnofilm Cadca, Slovakia, 2010
Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology Mediating Camera, Russia, 2010
Kos International Health Film Festival Ippokratis, Greece, 2010
NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival, Aarhus, Denmark, 2010
Museum of Ethnography, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2010
Ethno Film Fest Djakovo, Croatia, 2010

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