- Library Hall
Follow 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. Seventy years after their imprisonment in so-called "comfort stations," Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines are facing their twilight years. After decades of living in silence and shame about their experiences of institutionalized rape and sexual slavery, The Apology gives their first-hand accounts of the truth. They are seeking an apology, and hope that this horrific chapter of history will not be forgotten. To bring The Apology to the screen, director Tiffany Hsiung enlisted an all female team. She drew on devastating personal experience as well as six years spent documenting the lives of survivors of military sexual assault during WWII.
This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.
Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.
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