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Lost Over Burma: Search for Closure

Lost Over Burma: Search for Closure

| 46 min

This documentary follows a mission into the Burmese jungle to recover the remains of a RCAF crew of six young Canadians lost during World War II. Their lives and wartime experiences are recalled through the memories of colleagues and families, who attend the emotion-laden funeral near Rangoon, where the men have finally been laid to rest with full military honours.

  • director
    Garth Pritchard
  • producer
    Katherine Rankin
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • script
    Robert Duncan
  • photography
    Daron Donahue
  • sound
    Daron Donahue
    Garrell Clark
    Brenda Donahue
  • editing
    Michel Lalonde
  • sound editing
    Downy Karvonen
  • sound mix
    Paul Sharpe
    Bill Mellow
  • narrator
    Christopher Plummer
  • music
    Jan Randall


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Ages 15 to 17

Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
History - World War II
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Film and Video Production

Ask media studies students to analyze various aspects: how the film generates emotion; the effect of the narrator's gender on meaning; the effect of original film footage; the effect of music; and representation of the Burmese. Have history students research and assess Canada's contribution to WW2 in South Asia/Burma, as well as its documentation by historians. Ask family studies students to discuss closure in the loss of a loved one.

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