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The Apology

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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. 

2016, 104 min 38 s

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Best Documentary Feature
Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival
March 22 to 25 2018, Los Angeles - USA

Best Feature Film Award
Seattle Asian American Film Festival
February 22 to 25 2018, Seattle - USA

Doc:South Award 2017
Films from the South Festival
November 9 2017 to November 19 2018, Oslo - Norway

Best Documentary Award
LA Philippines International Film Festival
October 26 to 29 2017, Los Angeles - USA

Best Canadian Feature
NorthWestFest
May 5 to 14 2017, Edmonton - Canada

Film of the Year Award
IDF West Lake International Documentary Festival
April 20 to 22 2017, Hangzhou - China

Audience Award
International Female Film Festival
April 3 to 9 2017, Malmö - Sweden

Special Jury Mention Award for the UNESCO Gandhi Medal
International Film Festival of India
November 20 to 28 2016, Goa - India

Audience Award
Cork Film Festival
November 11 to 20 2016, Cork - Ireland

Best of Festival
Zonta Film Festival
November 8 to 10 2016, Kitchener - Canada

Busan Cinephile Award
International Film Festival
October 6 to 15 2016, Busan - Korea

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