‘The Apology’ Wins at Busan

Grandma Gil with Peace Statue (Pyeonghwabi).
Courtesy of the NFB

By Pat Mullen

The Apology continues to impress audiences. After a strong debut at Hot Docs earlier this year, director Tiffany Hsiung’s powerful NFB doc has scooped the Busan Cinephile Award at this year’s Busan International Film Festival. This award is given to the best world documentary film presented in the Wide Angle Documentary Showcase. A jury of college students, including 70 students from the cinema-related departments of 7 universities in the Busan region, determined the winner. The doc received approximately $5000 USD as part of the prize. (Read the POV review of The Apology here.)

Hsiung’s doc recounts the compelling story of several South Korean and their fight to seek recognition and an official apology from the Japanese government for crimes committed against them during the Second World War. These women, known respectfully as “Grandmothers” by younger generations, were held as sex slaves (dubbed “comfort women”) by the Japanese army. The doc gives a voice to underrepresented figures of history as the survivors put their stories on record for all the world to see.

The Apology continues its run on the festival circuit and will screen in Canada later this year.

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