Song of Survival (key art)They survived three-and-a-half years in a Japanese prison camp in Sumatra during World War II. But these courageous women had something special going for them: the great music of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. Having no instrument but the human voice, they recreated from memory the complex symphonic music they had loved. Here is their remarkable story.

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Even as disease and malnutrition thinned their ranks, these Australian, Dutch and British women – missionaries, teachers, nuns, wives and children – used their unique choir to sustain a spirit that refused to accept defeat. Here is their remarkable story, told by the survivors themselves, aided by rare archival footage. The Peninsula Women�s Chorus of Palo Alto, California, once again sings the rapturous music that made life endurable in a remote prison camp in Sumatra.

Awards

American Film Festival Finalist

CINE Golden Eagle

Reviews

“During WWII, some 30 Dutch, British, and Australian women held for three and a half years in a Japanese P.O.W. camp in Sumatra banded together and formed a choir. With voice their only instrument, these women performed the intricate orchestral arrangements of Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin, among others. This is their courageous story…. Using historical footage, moving interviews, and absorbing narration, SONG OF SURVIVAL tells a little known human interest story, and tells it well…. Highly recommended.” -Video Librarian

“Highly recommended… an excellently produced and affecting film.” – Choice Magazine

“High quality… A monument to the human spirit… ” – Library Journal

“… An interesting account of music and how it made somewhat more bearable a condition that few of us can imagine today. A monument to the human spirit. For history or women’s studies programs.” -Library Journal

“… In a hushed, reverential tone, the narration threads together the production’s smoothly fitting facets while native Southeast Asian instruments and ominously haunting piano strains lend enhancing accents. This affecting production’s portrayal of these women’s indomitably courageous spirit will touch public library , community, and religious group audiences.” -Booklist (Editor’s Choice)

“SONG OF SURVIVAL is their remarkable story, told by the survivors themselves, aided by rare archival footage. The Peninsula Women’s Chorus of Palo Alto, California. recreates the rapturous music that made life endurable in a remote prison camp in Sumatra.” -The Children’s Bookwatch

Details

LENGTH: 1 x 58 Minutes
FORMAT: Special
CAMERA: 16mm
INTERNATIONAL TRACK: Yes
TEXTLESS: No
CLOSED CAPTIONS: No
ASPECT RATIO: 4:3
PRODUCTION YEAR: 1986
RELEASE YEAR: 1990
SUPPLIER: Veriation Films
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide