The Apology

The Apology

| 1 h 44 min

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.

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  • writer
    Tiffany Hsiung
  • director
    Tiffany Hsiung
  • producer
    Anita Lee
  • executive producer
    Anita Lee
  • director of photography
    Tiffany Hsiung
  • editor
    Mary Stephen
  • music
    Lesley Barber
  • sound design
    Daniel Pellerin
  • featuring
    Gil Won-Ok
    Adela Reyes Barroquillo
    Cao Hei Mao
  • original sound design
    James Mark Stewart
  • foley artist
    John Sievert
  • story editor
    Anita Lee
    Deann Borshay Liem
  • researcher
    Angela Lytle
    Jenny Chan
    Ruina Bao
  • sound recording
    Ma Jie
    Allie Haynes
  • sound recordist
    Uni Park
    Jong Suk Lee
    Jason Milligan
  • visual research
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • mix
    Jean Paul Vialard