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Bunong’s Birth Practices between Tradition and Change

Original title Bunong Guu Oh


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.

Author/s Tommi Mendel

Tommi Mendel was born 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. Further he is a board member of the Audio-visual Commission of the Swiss Ethnological Society. Filmography: BUNONG GUU OH – Bunong’s Birth Practices Between Tradition and Change. Documentary, tiger toda productions 2010. 50 min. ARUKIHENRO – Walking Pilgrims. Documentary, tiger toda productions 2006. 73 min.

Research Brigitte Nikles
Photography Tommi Mendel
Sound Tommi Mendel
Editing Tommi Mendel