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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Perseverance, courage, and friendship are explored.
Positive Role Models
Bill is exceptionally perseverant but also is willing to recognize when he needs help, which he gets from the confident Smith.
Violence & Scariness
Footage of battles and planes going down is shown.
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The racial slur "Jap" is heard in old radio broadcasts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MIA: Hunt for a WWII Plane is a short documentary about two men who visit Myanmar (formerly Burma) to find a plane lost in 1945. Retired FBI officer Bill Huba and Ben Smith, a former CIA case officer, travel to find Huda's uncle's fallen plane after many years of research. The doc describes how did a plane might have ended up in Burma to begin with? It was part of the CBI; the China Burma India theater that put Burma in the middle of a supply route between the two countries. The "Burma Road" was eventually cut off by the Japanese, which was a problem for the Chinese general Chiang Kai-shek and left the Chinese army waiting for supplies. Huda's uncle Joseph, one of three "Flying Hubas," didn't make it home from the war. Stationed at the CBI as part of the Air Bridge created to circumvent the Burma Road blockage, Joseph was in danger for a few reasons. Firstly, the planes were to fly over the Himalayas, a dangerous, low-visibility flight, notoriously called "the Hump." Secondly, the planes themselves were rushed to manufacture and still had a lot of bugs. Joseph's disappearance was a mystery that haunted Bill his whole life. The racial slur "Jap" is heard in old radio broadcasts. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
WWII buffs will get the most out of this dense tale of one man's journey to find out exactly what happened to his uncle nearly 75 years ago. That said, this 28-minute film does a pretty good job of explaining the role of Burma in WWII and how a plane might have been lost while flying the Hump. Spoiler alert: they find the plane. In the most exciting part of the film, Bill and Ben finally come upon the plane in exceptional condition, and learned that Joseph Huda was felled on what should have been a simple flight. It's packed with info that might require some background on US history, but an interesting glimpse into one man's perseverance and ultimate success in solving a painful family mystery.
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