Tiffany Hsiung | Western Canada Premiere
The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations,” the three “grandmothers”– Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines – face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they know that time is running out to give a first-hand account of the truth and ensure that this horrific chapter of history is not forgotten. Whether they are seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government or summoning the courage to finally share their secret with loved ones, their resolve moves them forward as they seize this last chance to set future generations on a course for reconciliation, healing, and justice.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Premiere: Western Canada
Genre: Social Issue
Director: Tiffany Hsiung
Producer: Anita Lee
Jungsil Lee, President of Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW) has been devoted to raise the public awareness regarding wartime sex slaves during the World War II, so called comfort women. WCCW actively worked with elected officers and congressmen to pass House Resolution 121 in House of Representatives in 2007 and organizes several academic conferences and art exhibitions at George Mason University, Catholic University, and George Washington University. In 2014, WCCW built ""Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden"" in Fairfax county, VA to reconcile and rebuild the dignity of victims and to remember their bravery and endurance as comfort women. With her PhD in Art History she focuses on public memorials for the healing process, and had a main role in fundraising, design, commissioning, and manufacturing of the memorial peace garden. This year she is pursuing a webinar project in which students, scholars, and activists meet once a month globally to study, research, and archive the relevant material will publish its outcome. She is also co-curating a large public exhibition in New York from Sep 7th to Oct at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.