PANORA 9 APRIL 18.00
Director: Tiffany Hsiung Country: Canada Year: 2016 Runtime: 105 minutes Language: Korean, Chinese, Tagalog, Japanese, English
Subtitles: English Genre: Documentary
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.
Original title: The Apology Producer: Anita Lee Sales: National Film Board of Canada
Tiffany Hsiung (Canada) is an award-winning
filmmaker whose films have screened at several
international film festivals. Tiffany is a graduate
of Ryerson University Film Program and was
awarded The Norman Jewison award. Her short
film Binding Borders won the Best Toronto Focus
Film Award as well as the People’s Choice Award
at the 16th annual Cabbage Town Film Festival, and
the Grand Jury prize for R.C.I/Canadian Broadcasting
Channel, Digital Diversity.