Winner of the Best Documentary award 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.
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, in THE APOLOGY they give first-hand accounts of the truth. They are seeking an apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten.
To bring THE APOLOGY to the screen, director Tiffany Hsiung enlisted an all female team (including Mary Stephens, editor of Lixin Fan's film Last Train Home). Hsiung drew on devastating personal experience as well as six years spent documenting the lifes of survivors of military sexual assault during WWII.
"An incredibly moving, emotional film. The plight of the so-called 'Comfort Women' who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II has seldom been told so powerfully." —Yalda Hakim, BBC News
2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival
2017 ACT Human Rights Film Festival
Best Documentary, 2016 Busan International Film Festival
Audience Award, 2016 Cork International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2016 DocPoint Helsinki Film Festival
World Premiere, 2016 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival
"A landmark film for its subject matter and the sensitivity with which Hsiung approaches it, THE APOLOGY is one of the best films ever produced by the NFB." —Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine
"They should sell Kleenex instead of popcorn at theaters showing Tiffany Hsiung's [THE APOLOGY]. This powerful documentary is alternately harrowing and uplifting, and always emotionally devastating." —Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"It's not unusual for documentaries to infuriate viewers, but THE APOLOGY may be one of the most difficult and maddening films to screen over the years." —Sarah Gopaul, Digital Journal