Roughly twenty Dutchmen are inter­viewed at home about their child­hood expe­ri­ences in a Japanese POW camp. The age they had back then is stated with their name. Some remember events down to the last detail (‘My father was holding a piece of bread with liver­wurst’), others speak with a smile, most of them also have nice memo­ries. The accounts have been edited chrono­log­i­cally, with one person’s story being comple­mented by another one’s example. This reveals these accounts from a child’s perspec­tive as equally personal and unan­i­mous, illus­trating how they were all degraded from chil­dren of the ruling class in heav­enly surround­ings to uprooted, under­nour­ished kids with corpses printed on their retina. Still, the former inmates show little emotion when telling their stories, which as the accounts progress become more and more horri­fying. The stories are inter­laced with archive footage from their — idyllic — Indone­sian child­hood and with propa­ganda movies from the Japanese year 2602 (1942 in our era).

Credits

Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
Holland Harbour Productions
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Het jaar 2602
Year: 2009
Duration : 1 hour, 34 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2009

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