A Long Way Back - The Story of Harold Martin


A Long Way Back tells the story of Harold Martin, a 99-year-old WWII POW survivor. Captured by the Japanese in the Fall of Singapore, Harold, a solider from Western Australia, spent two years enslaved at prison camps, forced to partake in the construction of the Burma Thai Railway. It was an undertaking that claimed over 12,000 lives—Harold’s, as fate would have it, was not one of them. Seventy years after his rescue, he embarked on a pilgrimage back to Myanmar and Thailand to revisit his past and pay tribute to his fallen comrades. It’s here—as he walks beside the rusted trains that once carried prisoners on a hellish journey to the camps—where his irrepressible spirit shines. Though many would consider his a story marked by terrible loss, Harold stands strong: walking for himself, speaking with utmost clarity, and telling his story for the very first time.

 

Duration : 38 minutes
Directed & produced by Samm Blake