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, NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
OFFICE NATIONAL DU FILM DU CANADA
DIRECTED BY ANNE WHEELER
PRODUCED BY ANNE WHEELER
NARRATED BY DONALD SUTHERLAND AND ANNE WHEELER