DAILY BREAD

SHORT FILM - 2018

In a WWII internment camp in Indonesia, Jeanne and a group of Dutch women and children face a daily struggle against disease and starvation. Meanwhile, the Camp Commandant's fluffy white cat is fed fresh juicy meat...

 

SYNOPSIS

 

In a WWII internment camp in Indonesia, Jan and a group of Dutch women and children face a daily struggle against abuse, disease and starvation. The Japanese Camp Commandant and his beloved, fluffy white cat, oversee the gruelling camp regime. Jan is a brave but impulsive young woman, and when she acts out of desperation to save a little girl’s life, her actions bring consequences upon the whole camp. What is the price for a meal when women and children are starving?

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Ruby Challenger Directed, Produced, Co-wrote and starred as Jan in this recreation of her grandmother’s story. Shot entirely in Japanese and Dutch language,  Daily Bread’s cast were brought together for intensive rehearsals, allowing the fluidity of power relationships to be thoroughly explored. The historic courtyard at Scheyville National Park in New South Wales, provided a stunning backdrop to recreate the Japanese camp in Indonesia.

Based on an excerpt from the autobiography

Fifty Years of Silence by Jan Ruff O'Herne.

Published by Penguin/Random House

& translated into six languages.

Challenger is Jan’s granddaughter and she has grown up with her grandmother in the spotlight, after Jan publicly spoke out in the early 1990s, revealing that she was forcibly taken as a sex slave by the Japanese military during WWII.  For twenty-five years, Jan has been an advocate for women’s rights in wartime, speaking at hearings around the world, including the Washington Congress.

 

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Challenger Productions is currently developing

Daily Bread into a feature film,

The Handkerchief,

inspired by Jan Ruff O'Herne's life.

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