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United Nations researchers report that between 1931 and 1945, the Japanese military forced an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 women and girls into institutionalized sexual slavery. Euphemistically referred to as “comfort women,” they typically ranged in age from 11 to 33 and were taken from Japanese colonies from Korea to Indonesia. Mobilized through forced recruitment, kidnapping, false employment offers or sale by family members and employers, they served in brothels supervised by the Japanese military. Seventy years after their imprisonment, the surviving “comfort women” still await an official apology from the government of Japan.
Writer/director Tiffany Hsiung’s film The Apology follows the personal journeys of three surviving “comfort women”—or “grandmothers”—Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China and Grandma Adela in the Philippines. Facing fading health in their twilight years, they grapple with the impact of their wartime experiences and the legacy they will leave behind.
The Apology has its national broadcast and streaming debut on the PBS documentary series POV on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 10 p.m. EST (check local listings).
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