Moris Mai

Moris Mai

Executive Producer: Trisha Lin Tsui-Chuan

Director: Loh Jing Ting

Producer: Cai Yun

Director of Photography: Har Jia Wei

Sound Recordist: Toh Yan Wei

Editors: Toh Yan Wei / Har Jia Wei

Writers: Loh Jing Ting / Cai Yun


With poor infrastructure, low skilled birth attendance and strong beliefs towards traditional maternal and childcare practices, Timor-Leste, the youngest nation in South East Asia, is struggling with one of the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world.

Having seen a turbulent history in the recent decades, Timor-Leste is the youngest nation in Southeast Asia and the first to be born in the 21st century. Currently, one of its pressing concerns is the high Child and Maternal Mortality Rates.

Firmly rooted in traditional beliefs, the majority of Timorese women continue giving birth at home without skilled birth attendants. After delivery, the locals partake in customs passed down from the ancestors that may be detrimental to mothers and babies‟ health, including sleeping on a bed laid over burning charcoal and worshipping of the traditional holy house.

Meanwhile, the young and educated Timorese gradually see a change in mindset with the influence of advanced healthcare knowledge. Struggling between persistent traditions and modern-day practices, what does the future hold for the mothers and newborns of Timor-Leste?


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