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Di­rec­tor Tif­fany Hsi­ung’s new doc­u­men­tary, The

Apol­ogy, fol­lows the wrench­ing sto­ries of girls and women from across Asia who were forced into sex­ual slav­ery as “com­fort women” dur­ing WWII, and who—70 years later— still live in shame. Hsi­ung, com­mand­ing and charm­ing in equal mea­sure, ad­mits that it was “heavy sub­ject mat­ter to cover in a first film, but also very nec­es­sary.” Over the six years the film­maker spent work­ing on the doc (with an all-fe­male crew and the sup­port of the women ex­ecs at the Na­tional Film Board), Hsi­ung came to a re­al­iza­tion: “The story was big­ger than me and the things I was go­ing through dur­ing that time, and it be­came a re­spon­si­bil­ity to share their story in the most hu­man way pos­si­ble.”

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