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Area of Study 2

Creating and Presenting

Paradise Road (1997)


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Based on a true story (Betty Jeffrey's White Coolies), a group of women from diverse backgrounds, classes and nationalities become prisoners in a Japanese concentration camp following the Fall of Singapore in World War II. Prisoners and guards confront each other in what is certainly not 'paradise'. Faced with adversity, the women slowly understand that their survival is dependent on their individiual and collective responses to the conflicts and horrors they encounter. The establishment of a vocal choir provdes them with the impetus to find ways of working together to retain dignity and to find solace in the face of overwhelming challenges.