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Goal of our Foundation:

The realisation of a feature film about European (mainly Dutch) women and children during the Japanese occupation (1942-1945) of the former Dutch Indies.

Never before a movie was produced about the hard-hearted way Dutch women and children suffered from the Japanese occupation. For three years over 65.000 Dutch woman and children lived in Japanese internment camps under grim circumstances. In 15 to 20 years there will not be any survivor left to give testimony of the hardship they endured. As a memento for those who suffered, this story has to be told to the next generations.

The movie will be produced by FATT Productions an international film, arts, television and theatre production company, based in Amsterdam. Their core business is the development of high quality feature films and TV series for a wide, international ‘From Amsterdam to Tokyo’ audience.

Founder Hans de Weers has already produced many award winning films and television series a.o. ANTONIA’S LINE, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and BLUEBIRD, winner of the Crystal Bear in Berlin.

De Weers joined forces with Elwin Looije who has worked as a line-producer all over the world. Looije’s extensive international experience accompanies FATT’s ambition to put international co-productions front and centre. Recent successful premiere of the Netherlands-Italy-Canada co-production TULIPANI at TIFF (feature film directed by Oscar winner Mike van Diem) proves FATT projects strategy.

The Moluccan author Sylvia Pessireron [known by her novels ‘De verzwegen soldaat’ (‘The unmentioned soldier’) and ‘Gesloten koffers’ (‘Locked suitcases’)] has been contracted to write a first set-up for the script of the film. She is well acquainted with the history of the Dutch East Indies. She is guest lecturer for the Visiting Lecturer Foundation Zuidoost-Azië (South East Asia). On the basis of the book of Henriette van Raalte-Geel, with side paths to ‘console girls’, boys- and men internment camps and a young woman who just gave birth and who had to survive a Japanese prison for three years, Sylvia is writing a first treatment.

Based on this first set-up and armed with extensive research of his own Kees van Beijnum will now write a filmscript that might also be suitable for creating a TV series of the subject. Kees van Beijnum has already written many scripts for a.o. films like “Oesters van Nam Kee” (“Nam Kee Oysters”), the kidnapping of Freddie Heineken (the owner of the beer brand) and “Tokyo Trial”.