Maria Stewart

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The Search For Onoda: A True Story

Could you imagine living in a war for 30 years?

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Your tax deductible donation will directly contribute to the completion of The Search For Onoda, an exploration of both sides of this incredible WWII story told through the eyes of a young woman who discovers her personal connection to the soldier who refused to believe the war was over.

It is important to raise awareness of the impact of Onoda’s war on the people of Lubang Island, who have never received a formal acknowledgement for civilians killed in the name of war. By creating this documentary, we are giving voice to the people of Lubang Island.

By sharing this story we hope not to celebrate war, but to celebrate those who survive; the ultimate story here is of the human spirit.

This film has been a challenge to fund through traditional avenues.
As a result, the project has been largely self-funded.
A 2013 Pozible campaign raised $3,700 for filming equipment and gifts for the school children of Looc in Lubang Island.
Filming in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017 has been self-funded, but the biggest challenge yet is post production.

Your tax deductible donation will get this documentary completed by
1) hiring an experienced documentary editor for 8-10 weeks
2) covering the costs of animation sequences needed to tell this story
3) increasing our budget allowance for licensing archival materials which incurs per minute and regional fees
4) hiring post production facilities for voiceover records, sound design and 5.1 mix
5) covering costs of translation and subtitle services to English, Japanese and Tagalog
6) covering costs of Final grade and Mastering
7) covering costs of film festival submissions
8) contributing to costs for travel and fees for marketplace and distribution opportunities.

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Mia Stewart is a Sydney story teller, working in radio and sound for screen.

Currently Mia is working on her debut independent documentary ‘The Search For Onoda’, a personal narrative documentary that explores her family connection to the famous story of WWII Officer Hiroo Onod and his 30 year war.

Through her sound and screen work, Mia wants to create moving and engaging pieces that explore the fact and fiction in our stories, exploring memory and the way we create our history and identity.

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