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A War Story

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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.

1981, 81 min 50 s

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Award of the Ministry of Flemish Culture - accompanied by a Cash Award of 1,000$US
Flanders International Festival
October 14 to 27 1983, Ghent - Belgium

Blue Ribbon Award - Category: History
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 30 to June 4 1983, New York - USA

Best Overall Production
Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards
February 13 1982, Edmonton - Canada

Best Entertainment Feature
Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards
February 13 1982, Edmonton - Canada

Best Musique (Maurice Marshall)
Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards
February 13 1982, Edmonton - Canada

Best Direction
Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards
February 13 1982, Edmonton - Canada