Winner of Best Documentary at the Busan International Film Festival, "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. After 70 years of living in silence and shame about their experiences of institutionalized rape and sexual slavery, Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines give first-hand accounts of the truth. They are seeking an apology, and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten.
Directed and produced by Tiffany Hsiung. 104 minutes.
Post-screening discussion led by Dr. Jinhee J. Lee, Associate Professor of History, and Coordinator of Asian Studies, Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Lee received her M.A. in Asian Studies, and her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture / discussion programs -- organized by AEMS in collaboration with Spurlock Museum -- presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.
Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.
All AsiaLENS screenings are FREE and open to the public.