Kijktip! One to watch! Documentary on Dutch POW in Indonesia in WW2 - proudly supported by the Netherlands Embassy

An interesting documentary on a Dutch woman who spent years in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia in WW2. Below you will find the official press release and trailer. Later in the year we will post instructions on how and where to watch the movie. An important project which displays an unforgettable, remarkable and touching personal history. Lest we forget. Please feel free to share this!

Dutch translation: Een interessante documentaire over een Nederlandse vrouw die jaren doorbracht in een Japans concentratiekamp in Indonesië in WO2. Hieronder de officiële press release, met steun van de Nederlandse ambassade en een trailer van de film! Later in het jaar melden we je informatie hoe en waar je de gehele film kunt bekijken. Voel je gerust vrij dit bericht te delen om zoveel mogelijk aandacht te genereren voor een belangrijk, persoonlijk en indrukwekkend stukje geschiedenis.

Click here to download below press release in PDF format.

Press release │ Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra
26 June 2017

The Dutch diplomatic mission in Australia proudly support the production of ‘The World Ended on Mango Street’, a documentary about a Dutch woman who spent several years in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia during WWII. 
The contribution is made through the Shared Cultural Heritage funding program.

The World Ended on Mango Street is a documentary by Australian filmmaker Thomas Watson about his grandmother, Yvonne Holman; a Dutch woman who was imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia for three years and later migrated to Australia. In Australia, Mrs. Holman raised a family of four children but never shared her story with her family, creating an atmosphere of secrecy that deeply affected them. She passed away in 2013.
It was not until he met French filmmaker Jean-Baptiste Brelière that Watson realised how necessary it was to answer the questions his grandmother left. According to Watson, many children whose parents were the victims of the Japanese concentration camps in Indonesia grew up never knowing what happened, which resulted in a lot of conjecture and suffering. This film is an opportunity to acknowledge that. The film reconnects the Australian family to their Dutch heritage.
The filmmakers went to the Indonesian Camp Lampersari in Semerang city, where Mrs. Holman was imprisoned, to learn more about her long-kept secrets. They also visited the Netherlands where they interviewed Thomas’ great-uncle Robert, who was imprisoned in a concentration camp for boys called Bangkong. He is Mrs. Holman’s last living family member.
The documentary shines a light on a dark but important chapter in the shared military and migrant history of Australia, Indonesia and the Netherlands that should not be forgotten.
The World Ended on Mango Street will be released in 2017 and screened throughout Australia and in South Korea.
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Media contact documentary: Thomas Watson
Media contact Embassy: Femke Withag

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