“The Apology,” directed by Tiffany Hsiung, 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. After seventy years of living in silence and shame about their experiences of institutionalized rape and sexual slavery, Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines give first-hand accounts of the truth. They are seeking an apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten.
AsiaLENS is a series of free public screenings and discussion programs, organized by the Asia Educational Media Service (AEMS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum. The series presents recent documentary or independent films that center on issues that reflect on contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions. AEMS is a program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS). More information at: http://www.eaps.illinois.edu/.