Bunong guu oh – Βunong’s birth practices

Director: Tommi Mendel, Brigitte Nikles
Running time: 50’ - Switzerland, 2010

Director’s Bio
 

Tommi Mendel was born in 1970 in Lucerne, Switzerland. He studied Social Anthropology, Religious Studies and History at the University of Zurich. Currently he is working on his PhD-thesis in Religious Studies with means of Ethnographic Film and teaches at the same time at the University of Zurich.

 

Brigitte Nikles was born 1980 in Zürich, Switzerland. She has 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.



Contact Director
 
Tommi Mendel, Brigitte Nikles
ALBISSTRASSE 146, 8038 ZÜRICH
SWITZERLAND
Tel: +41-79-330 9422
E-mail: tommi@tigertoda.ch


Festival-Screenings - Awards
 
2010

Ethno Film Fest Djakovo, Djakovo/Croatia

2010

NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival, Aarhus/Denmark

2010

Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology Mediating Camera, Moscow/Russia

2010 International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade/Serbia


Filmography
 
2010 Bunong guu oh
2006 Arukihenro

Directing, Camera, Sound, Editing: Tommi Mendel, Brigitte Nikles

 

Research, Field Coordination, Interviews: Brigitte Nikles, Prak Neth

 


Synopsis
 

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.



World sales
 
TIGER TODA PRODUCTIONS
ALBISSTRASSE 146, 8038 ZÜRICH
SWITZERLAND
+41-79-330 9422
E-mail: tommi@tigertoda.ch


Director’s Statement
 

For the preparation of the shooting we not only studied the outcomes of the empirical case study conducted by anthropologist Brigitte Nikles in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province, but also European birth practices and midwivery in a socio-historical context. The current transformations regarding the birth practices of the Bunong show stunning parallels to delivering practices in European societies in the last century. But interestingly enough, many contemporary Europeans seem to prefer to give birth the old fashioned way again, not in anonymous hospitals but rather with people they are confident with.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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