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A War Story ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524863
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Anne Wheeler, Tom Radford, Michael Scott
Directors:  Anne Wheeler
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1981
Running Time:  81m 50s


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'How little a list of casualties tells the real story of war.' Based on the diaries of Canadian doctor Ben Wheeler during his internment in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, this feature docudrama is not a 'war story' in the conventional sense of strategy and battles, but rather a glowing account of the spirit and its will to survive physical and mental suffering. Newsreel footage of the fall of Singapore (where Major Wheeler was captured) has been interwoven with dramatic reconstructions of scenes inside the mining camp and interviews with survivors.

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