Fifty Years of Silence
DVD1994 56 Minutes
The legacy of forced prostitution in Java in the war.
Jan Ruff O'Herne, born in 1923, grew up in Java, intending to teach and to be a nun. Instead Java was invaded by the Japanese and she was forced to work in a brothel, where she suffered rape and terrible conditions. Because her story was not believed she kept silent, but now, a suburban grandmother in Adelaide, she feels she must speak out for the sake of other women who are also suffering. She gives evidence at an International Public Hearing in Japan, meets with other survivors in Holland, and there is a moving ceremony in Japan where she joins with Japanese people to declare that she wants a better future and holds no personal animosity towards them. Australia.
This film is of historical interest but the issues raised are still current.