‘The Apology’ Honoured by Peabody Awards

NFB producer Anita Lee, The Apology director Tiffany Hsiung, and Justine Nagan,executive producer of PBS’s POV, at the Peabody Awards

By Pat Mullen

Three years after it wowed audiences at Hot Docs, Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology continues its impressive run on the film circuit. The film, which gives voice to the many grandmothers who were forced into sexual slavery as “comfort women” for Japanese soldiers during World War II, was honoured by the Peabody Awards in a ceremony at Cipriani’s in New York. The Apology is a production of the National Film Board of Canada and aired in the USA on PBS’s POV series. “Through beautifully observed character-driven filmmaking,” wrote the Peabody jury, “The Apology puts a face on an enduring injustice and shows the resilience of those women who refuse to be quiet.” Canadian audiences can stream the film on TVO

The film was among eight documentaries honoured by the Peabody Awards in a ceremony hosted by Ronan Farrow. Other docs celebrated during the evening included Minding the Gap, A Dangerous Son, Dolores, The Judge, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, The Facebook Dilemma, and The Jazz Ambassadors. Chicago’s Kartemquin Films, which produced Minding the Gap, received the Peabody’s Institutional Award for “its commitment to unflinching documentary filmmaking and telling an American history rooted in social justice and the stories of the marginalized.” West Side Story star Rita Moreno was honoured with the Career Achievement Award.