Movie detailing WWII POW experience to screen in Fayetteville Wednesday

Posted May 20, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014

Liberated prisoners from Bilibid Prison, Manila. 
National Archives. (Source: Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience)

— A nonprofit dedicated to supporting the military and the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will screen a documentary about American prisoners in World War II Japanese camps on Wednesday.

Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience will include artifacts, interviews from survivors and the personal journals, poems, drawings, songs and recipes from ex-POWs across the country. Narrated by Loretta Swit, the film features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Ed Asner, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Robert Loggia, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, Christopher Franciosa, Christopher Murray, Don Murray and Sam Waterston.

The screening will take place at the Crown Complex at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available through Ticketmaster or the Crown Box Office. A limited number of complimentary tickets for POWs, active duty soldiers, veterans and military spouses will also be available at the Crown Box Office.

The movie’s director, Jan Thompson, along with Swit and Asner, will be at the screening and participate in a panel discussion afterwards. The discussion will be moderated by WRAL reporter Gilbert Baez, who is an Army veteran.

The screening is part of the two day ‘Eve of Remembrance’ event sponsored by the visitor’s bureau and The Army’s Army, a nonprofit created to help soldiers, veterans and their families feel welcomed and appreciated. A dinner for surviving POWs was held at the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Museum on Tuesday.


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