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CANCELLED: Rights! Camera! Action! presents “The Apology”

This documentary 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.

Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called ‘comfort stations,’ the three ‘grandmothers’- Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines – face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they know that time is running out to give a first-hand account of the truth and ensure that this horrific chapter of history is not forgotten.

Whether they are seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government or summoning the courage to finally share their secret with loved ones, their resolve moves them forward as they seize this last chance to set future generations on a course for reconciliation, healing, and justice.

A panel discussion with Professor Nayoung Aimee Kwon and SaeHim Park will follow the documentary.

Nayoung Aimee Kwon is an associate professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Arts of the Moving Image; and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is also the Founding Director of the Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program and Director of the  Andrew W. Mellon Games & Culture Humanities Lab. Select publications include Intimate Empire: Colonial Modernity and Collaboration (Duke University Press, Korean translation Somyông Press), a co-edited volume Antinomies of the Colonial Archive and the forthcoming transnational collaboration Theorizing Colonial Cinemas. She is currently working on several publication projects on transpacific culture wars during the global cold war and its aftermath.

SaeHim Park is a doctoral student in Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University, with graduate certificates in East Asian Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies. Her research focuses on the visual culture of representing the gender-based violence in East and Southeast Asia, such as films, photographs, souvenirs, and statues. Current projects include the moving images of sex-trafficking in the Japanese and U.S. empires and the consequent mapping of the Cold War, as well as the representation of the ‘Comfort Women’ at the intersection of sex-work as a form of care, and transitional justice against ‘sexual slavery.’ Park holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Hong Kong, and a Master’s in Art History from the University of Toronto. She has worked in the HIV & AIDS Center at Salem in Tamil Nadu, India, as a translator and educator of human rights.



Popcorn and drinks will be provided.


March 17, 2020
7:00 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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