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In Korea, 82-year-old Mrs. Chung finally tells her grown son he was fathered by a Japanese soldier when she was enslaved during the Second World War. In Rwanda, Severa has a now-five-year-old daughter by the rapist who murdered her husband and children during the genocide. In Bosnia, Nusreta barely survived a dangerous abortion after Serbian soldiers repeatedly raped her, and now finds herself becoming violent towards the new son she has with her husband. When rape is employed as a weapon of war, what happens to these mothers and their babies? And how do children heal from the painful truth about their conception? A Hot Docs Audience Award winner in 2003, War Babies follows Ryan, one of these children, who was raised by a loving adoptive family in Waterloo, Ontario. Now a young man, he leads us on a compassionate journey to hear women's stories about atrocity, hate and, sometimes, the astonishing power of love. Lynne Fernie


  • Director(s)

    • Raymonde Provencher
  • Producer(s)

    • Robert Cornellier
    • Patricio Henriquez
    • Raymonde Provencher
  • Writer(s)

    • Raymonde Provencher
  • Editor(s)

    • Aube Foglia
  • Cinematography

    • Robert Vanherweghem
  • Music

    • Robert Marcel Lepage
  • Sound

    • Gilles Monette
    • Marcel Fraser

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