Bunong‘s Birth Practices between Tradition and Change
Documentary film / 2010
50 min. / Language: Bunong and Khmer with English Subtitles


Ethno Film Festival Djakovo / Croatia (2010)

Museum of Ethnography, University of Zurich / Switzerland (2010)

NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival, Aarhus / Denmark


Kos International Health Film Festival Ippokratis / Greece (2010)

Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology / Russia (2010)

International Film Festival Etnofilm Cadca / Slovakia (2010)

Cambodia International Film Festival, Phnom Penh / Cambodia


International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade / Serbia (2010)

Contro-Sguardi International Anthropological Film Festival, Perugia /  

    Italy (2010)

Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Greece (2010)

Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh / Cambodia


Antropofest International Film Festival, Prague / Czech Republic


Days of Ethnografic Film, Ljubljana / Slovenia (2011)

Worldfilm Festival of Visual Culture, Tartu / Estonia (2011)

Espiello Muestra de Documental Etnografico, Boltana / Spain (2011)

Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore,

    Lisbon / Portugal (2011)

RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, London / UK (2011)

Days of Ethnographic Cinema, Moscow / Russia (2011)

AAA Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival,

   Montreal / Canada (2011)

Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany (2012)

Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival, Kathmandu (2012)

Weitwinkel Filmfestival, Koblenz, Germany (2013)


Slovak Ethnographic Society Award, International Film Festival   

   Etnofilm Cadca / Slovakia (2010)

Espiello Rechira, Award for best Research Work, Espiello Muestra de

   Documental Etnografico, Boltana / Spain (2011)

Honorable Mention, Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media

   Festival, Montreal / Canada (2011)


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.




Tommi Mendel

director, camera, sound, editing

Brigitte Nikles

Nomad RSI, Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Ph: +855 12 463 977 brigittenikles@gmx.ch

research, field coordination, interviews

Neth Prak

interviews, translations, additional field coordination