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“Alouette…gentle Skylark…” was the song they whistled as they marched out of Quebec City…the song became their song of resistance throughout their imprisonment. This film is about the breaking of the body and mind, moreover the indelible human capacity to still hear bird song even in darkness. Watching this happen is a young girl, her name is Luba and she is 10 years old, and lives just outside the Canadian prison. Her father is incarcerated and everyday she walks the fence – but she cannot look at him, if she does the Japanese guards will shoot him. This docu-fiction builds on her first-hand telling of occupied Hong Kong, and the men on the inside the fence, while Luba’s father draws what has come to be known as the only true depiction of life within a Japanese the camps. Around the voice of Luba, are others, a Japanese prison guard convicted of War Crimes, and one of the last remaining Canadian veterans who marches out of Sham Shipo with Luba watching, George MacDonell; he negotiates the survival of the remaining Canadians when the atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. The film asks, how does the Alouette still sing, when death seems the only freedom from its cage?