The Apology

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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 speak intimately with Hsiung (herself a sexual assault survivor), and give their first-hand accounts of the truth for the record, seeking apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten.

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Critic Reviews for The Apology

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  • The stories told by these women are tough and unflinching. Yet "The Apology" is ultimately a film of strength and hope, not of nihilism. These are truly wonder women.

    Jun 7, 2017 | Full Review…
  • As women age they become invisible to society; what is heartrendingly inspiring about The Apology is the grandmothers' steadfast refusal to disappear.

    Dec 2, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • While not becoming a fully objective historical document, the documentary does a tremendous job of leading its audience to immerse themselves in the emotion of the past.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • The Apology does a superb job depicting these women's lives and how are they coping. It's not as effective from a journalistic perspective.

    Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Hsiung's film is composed of a series of gut-wrenching scenes. As each of the women recalls her experience in striking detail, the audience is asked to relive the raw emotion with her.

    Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Expands public's knowledge about WW2-era "comfort women" enslaved by Japanese Army...Emotional wallop surmounts unclear political negotiations and confusing organization.

    Jun 24, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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