The Apology | 2017 | Texas Premiere
Directed by Tiffany Hsiung
Sun Jun 3 | 6 PM
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.
Language Korean, Chinese, Tagalog, Japanese, English
Genre Documentary Feature
Tiffany Hsiung is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto. Whether it is filmmaking or teaching, Hsiung's work has taken her through and beyond the diverse communities of her hometown, and well across the globe.
Her socially conscious work and dynamic artistry sparks a unique energy in the stories of marginalized individuals and communities. Hsiung's approach to storytelling is driven by the relationship that is built with the people she meets. By shooting much of her own work, Hsiung obtains unobtrusive access to the stories she captures.
Hsiung is a graduate of Ryerson University, where she studied film production. She was the recipient of the Norman Jewison award. Her award winning short film 'Binding Borders' (2007), screened in film festivals internationally and propelled her to direct the RCI/CBC six-part mini series on Beijing's first ever Olympic Games, 'A New Face for Beijing' (2008).
Since 2009 Hsiung has been documenting the lives of 3 survivors of military sexual slavery in Korea, Philippines and China during World War II by the Japanese Imperial Army for her debut feature length documentary The Apology (2016) A National Film board of Canada production. With a successful world premiere at Hot Docs International Film festival, The Apology was one of the festivals top 10 films and at the International premiere in Busan International film festival (Asia's largest film festival) The Apology took home the Busan Cinephile Award for best documentary as well as Audience Award in Ireland at the Cork Film Festival and just recently awarded special jury mention for the UNESCO Gandhi Medal. The film has currently secured U.S and Korean distribution.
Hsiung's work is fundamentally based on cross-cultural and intergenerational themes set to inspire younger generations and viewers to learn about their own cultures - and social responsibility in the global community.