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“Set in New Zealand and spanning twenty years, this moving drama begins during World War II when Sonja falls in love with a young American soldier who is sent away to fight in the Pacific. Pregnant and unwed, Sonja learns that he will not return. Once her daughter Penny is born she attempts to return to nursing to support her child. Instead she is diagnosed with tuberculosis and, separated from her baby, embarks on a life and death struggle.

“[B]ased on the true story of New Zealander Sonja Davies, a feminist, trade unionist and politician.

“Festival/Awards: Best Actress (NZ Film Awards).” - New Zealand Film Commission;; retrieved 27/01/2014.

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Year 1993

Reference number F95990

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production DIRECTOR

Genre Feature

Duration 3:14:00

Production company Preston Laing Productions

Taonga Māori Collection Yes


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington - 2011.15778 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington - 2013.10153 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland - 2011.15777

Credits Director: Gaylene Preston Producer: Robin Laing Executive Producer: Dorothee Pinfold Director of Photography: Allen Guiford Camera: Alun Bollinger Camera: Leon Narbey Writer: Gaylene Preston Writer: Graeme Tetley Editor: Paul Sutorius Music: John Charles Cast: Mick Rose , Genevieve Picot , Perry Piercy Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission;

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