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As a young girl, Jan Ruff was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Java during World War II and forcibly moved to a secret brothel for Japanese officers where, along with seven other virgins, she was forced to endure countless rapes and beatings by the most brutal soldiers. FIFTY YEARS OF SILENCE is Jan's story. We see the ways in which her courage and faith sustained her through the events in Java, through the ensuing years of sleepless nights and painful memories to her present day decision to tell her story for the first time.

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Ned Lander
Jan Ruff  Carole Sklan
Ned Lander  Carol Ruff
Executive Producers
Dasha Ross

Production Details

Production Completion
Drama, History and national identity
Production Company
City Pictures Pty Ltd


International Sales
Ned Lander

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Norwegian Short Film Event
  • Nordisk Panorama Film Festival
  • Munich International Documentary Film Festival
  • International Public Television Screening Conference
  • Asia Pacific Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival