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The Apology

Tiffany Hsiung
2016 | 104 min

Festivals

  • Best DocumentaryLos Angeles Women's International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionHot Docs 2016

  • Top Ten Audience FavouriteHot Docs 2016

  • Busan Cinephile Award 2016Busan International Film Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionNorthwestFest International Documentary & Media Arts Festival 2017

  • Audience AwardCork International Film Festival 2017

  • Audience AwardIFEMA Sweden Film Festival 2017

  • Film of the Year AwardIDF West Lake International Film Festival 2017

  • Best of FestivalZonta Film Festival 2017

  • Jury MentionUnesco Gandhi Award 2017

  • Official SelectionHelsinki Doc Point 2017

  • Official SelectionGotheborg International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionGuangzhou International Documentary Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionVilnius International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionHuman Rights Watch Amsterdam, London & New York 2017

  • Jury Prize for Best Canadian FeatureNorthwestFest 2017

  • Best DocumentaryLos Angeles Philippine International Film Festival 2017

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Images

Grandma Adela makes a difficult phone call to her son Eric.
Grandma Adela shares a moment with her son Eric.
Grandma Adela – Philippines.
Grandma Adela talks to her husband.
Fellow survivors greet Grandma Adela.
Grandma Cao – China.
Grandma Cao walking to her daughter Gua Hui’s home for lunch.
Grandma Cao with her daughter Gua Hui.
Grandma Cao and Zhang Shuang Bing (author of Women in Comfort Stations).
Grandma Gil is greeted by Korean students.
1000th weekly Wednesday demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy, Seoul.
Grandma Gil with Peace Statue (Pyeonghwabi).
Grandma Gil speaks at a rally in front of Japan’s National Diet Building in Tokyo.
Meehyang Yoon supports Grandma Gil as she reads her speech in China.
A quiet moment for Grandma Gil the day before delivering 1.5 million signatures to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner.
Peace statue in front of the Japanese Embassy, Seoul.

Team


Tiffany Hsiung
Writer and Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : Kevin Kelly


Tiffany Hsiung

Tiffany Hsiung is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto. Her approach to storytelling is driven by the relationships she builds with people.

Since 2009, Hsiung has been documenting the lives of survivors of military sexual slavery during World War II, inflicted by the Japanese Imperial Army, for her first feature-length film, The Apology (2015). For the past six years, Hsiung has been advocating in communities and universities across North America for the grandmothers (survivors known as “comfort women”), as they fight for justice, by sharing their stories. Her most recent presentation at the United Nations in New York brought to light one of history’s greatest and unresolved injustices on the world stage for human-rights issues.

Hsiung’s work is grounded in cross-cultural and intergenerational themes and is intended to inspire younger generations and viewers to learn about their own culture—and social responsibility—in the global community.


Anita Lee
Producer
Biography
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Photo : NFB


Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). She is a multi-award-winning producer and founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.  Lee is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  From 2005 to the present, Lee produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in recent NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, the Canadian Screen Awards, as well as Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Recent films include: This is not a Movie; Hispaniola; What is Democracy (TIFF 2018, theatrical release at IFC Center); What Walaa Wants (Berlin, Hot Docs 2018 Jury Prize Best Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Top Ten Film, CSA nominee for Best Feature Length Documentary); Unarmed Verses (Hot Docs 2017 Best Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Top Ten, CSA nomination for Best Feature Documentary); A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017); Draw Me Close (Tribeca, Venice 2017); The Apology (Peabody Award 2019 and winner of the Cinephile Award for Best Documentary at Busan 2016). Lee also established NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab in Toronto which collaborated with the CFC and Ford Foundation on the Open Immersion VR residency Lab and the NFB/NT Creative Doc VR Lab with National Theatre (UK), in 2016.


Mary Stephen
Editor
Biography
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Photo : Lina Lang


Mary Stephen

Mary Stephen is an accomplished film editor, best known as Eric Rohmer’s long-time collaborator. Initially an assistant to Cécile Decugis (the editor for Godard’s Breathless) since The Aviator’s Wife (1981), Stephen became Rohmer’s Chief Editor in the early 90s with A Tale of Winter and all the subsequent Rohmer films up to the last one, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon.


Lesley Barber
Composer
Biography
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Photo : Katherine Holland


Lesley Barber

Lesley Barber is one of the most exciting and respected young composers working in music today. She composes for film, theatre, chamber and orchestral ensembles and is also a conductor, pianist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Lesley has composed for Yo-Yo Ma, written film scores for Academy Award-winning feature films like Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me, worked with Mira Nair on the Emmy Award-winning Hysterical Blindness and scored several films for Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, When Night is Falling), Wayne Wang, Boaz Yakin, Mary Harron, and the award-winning children’s classic, Little Bear, with Maurice Sendak.

Credits

THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA PRESENTS THE APOLOGY AN NFB STUDIO PRODUCTION

DEVELOPED IN ASSOCIATION WITH
ALPHA EDUCATION SCHOOLS WITHOUT BORDERS AND MU FILMS

SOUND DESIGN
DANIEL PELLERIN

MUSIC BY
LESLEY BARBER

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
TIFFANY HSIUNG

EDITOR
MARY STEPHEN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
CHRIS KANG
DEANN BORSHAY LIEM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
ANITA LEE

PRODUCED BY
ANITA LEE

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
TIFFANY HSIUNG



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