50 Years of Silence is a film that looks out over the life of Jan Ruff-O’ Herne, a Dutch woman who was forced into sexual labor during the war. When she was nine years old, Jan was dragged to a military camp in Java and lived as a forced prostitute. Afterwards, she married an American soldier and lived like an ordinary housewife and mother of two daughters. But, then one day on television, she sees the testimonies of Korean women who were forced into prostitution for the military during the war, and Jan decides to expose the life that she tried to erase from her memory. She participates as a witness in the international hearing in Tokyo and fights to get an official apology for forced sexual labor and spread awareness and acknowledgement about war crimes. The issue of forced sexual labor is an issue placed between the denial from Japan, the country that caused the damage, and the silence due to the national shame felt by the Netherlands, Korea and other countries that were caused the damage. 50 Years of Silence tells us that the starting point for solving the problem of forced military prostitution is in courageously revealing the poignant memories of war left in the women\'s lives and bodies.
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Ned Lander has produced and directed many award winning documentaries and feature films, including Wrong Side of the Road (1983) and Painting the Town(1987).