Sexual Violence in Warfare: The Films of Unhealed Wounds

WCCW Inaugural
International Film Festival


It is our great pleasure to invite you as the guest to attend the Inaugural International Film Festival by WCCW (Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc.). This event will showcase narrative film productions (based on true stories) and documentaries with focus on & comfort women, euphemism for wartime sexual slaves under the Imperial Japanese Military system during World War II. Through this Film Festival we want to honor the wartime victims and also to educate the public of atrocities and legacies of the victims. The films from Korea, China, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands feature scopes and perspectives of wounds from war that lingers even to this day. The following is the event details.

November 9 (Fri) - 11 (Sun), 2018 School of Communication, American University McKinley Building 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Opening film screening, at 6 PM, November 9
WCCW Inaugural International Film List

The film tells the story of an elderly woman (played by Na Moon Hee) who constantly files complaints with the local office about the wrongs that she sees around her each day. Along the way, she forms an unlikely friendship with a junior civil service officer (played by Lee Je Hoon) who begins to teach her English. Although the film is a comedy, the genre serves as a vehicle to discuss the deeper topic of Korean comfort women during World War II.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5TUJ44NJnQ
50 Years of Silence

The story, spanning five generations, shows Jan Ruff O’Herne’s extraordinary courage and dignity as she travels to Tokyo to give evidence at an international public hearing. After making headline news throughout the world, Jan continued to Holland to meet with other Dutch women who were similarly enslaved. Inspired by her example they too decided to make their stories public.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/fiftyyearsofsilence
Daily Bread

In a WWII internment camp in Indonesia, Jan Ruff O’Herne and a group of Dutch women and children face a daily struggle against abuse, disease and starvation. The Japanese Camp Commandant and his beloved, fluffy white cat, oversee the gruelling camp regime. What is the price for a meal when women and children are starving? Daily Bread is based on an excerpt from the autobiography Fifty Years of Silence by Jan Ruff O’Herne, which was published by Random House and has been translated into five languages.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/286485909

Because We Were Beautiful

Filmmaker Frank van Osch travelled through Indonesia where he searched for former ‘comfort women’, together with photographer Jan Banning (World Press Photo Award 2004) and journalist Hilde Janssen. In ‘Because we were beautiful’ a number of these women tell their story despite the taboo that is still attached to this subject. We see intimate photo sessions and sometimes painful conversations about the systematic rape, the humiliation, the fear and how this influenced their lives.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywKoFMOvDWo
Twenty Two

Hundreds of thousands of women were forced into sexual slavery in Japanese-occupied China during World War II. Here, 22 survivors share their stories.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQcQAGS7w3Y
Spirits’ Homecoming

Two Korean girls, Jung-Min (14) and Young-hee (15) are kidnapped by the Japanese Imperial Army and taken to a 'Comfort Station' in China. There, they join other kidnapped girls in serving Japanese soldiers as sexual slaves known as 'Comfort Woman'. By the end of the war, only one of the girls survives. Decades later, an elderly lady attempts to reunite with the spirit of her lost friend. Inspired by the testimony of Kang Il-chul.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14l4l9GNrss

Ae-Eum-Gil (A Long Way Around)

Ms. Ok-seon Lee (born in 1927), who was dragged away to China by the Japanese army in the age of 16, finally comes back to her home country 58 years later. Right here, Ms. Lee becomes family with all the other ladies who has experienced the similar sufferings, and walks together along the path for regaining the victims' honor and for solving the conundrum of sexual slavery. now it is the path for treading together. Even to this day, Ms. Lee takes her own “long way around” with her each step.

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The Apology

Winner of the 2016 Best Documentary award at the Busan Int'l Film Festival, The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls, young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during WW II. Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines are facing their twilight years. In The Apology they speak intimately with Hsiung, and give their first-hand accounts of the truth for the record, seeking apology.

Trailer: THE APOLOGY Official Trailer
For Her

Japanese Army grandfather who fought in World War II testifies about the massacre in China and testify about the Japanese military sexual slavery. The voice was true recording of the testimony, and the animation film was created based on the true personal story.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3QZBRJ-_Rk

Faith. Apology. Memory.

No one can hide history. Media records and spreads to all.


We will have the special program that meet and talk with special guests Honorable Congressman Mike, Honda, Director Kim Hyun-seok(undecided), Director Ruby Challenger, Bonnie Oh, Director Jung-rae Cho, Director Sung-hyun Lee, Mr. Sin Kwon Ahn, director of Sharing of House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Mike Honda

Former U.S. House of Representatives

Ok Sun LEE


Shin kwon Ahn

Director, Sharing of House

Hyun-Seok KIM

Director, I Can Speak

Ruby Challenger

Director, Daily Bread

JungRae CHO

Director, Home Coming

Sung Hyun LEE

Director, Ae-Eum-Gil (A Long Way Around)

Tiffany Hsiung

Director, Tiffany Hsiung

Meet the director of the film

#1 Director's Talk: Director Kim Hyun-seok(Undecided) with Honorable Congressman Mike Honda Nov. 9th Friday: Q & A session with the film director and congressman who was a champion of passing House Resolution 121 in 2007. Since the film describes part of the efforts of grassroot such as a hearing of Feb. 2007, and Mr. Honda was consulting the film production they will discuss about the film and answer to audiences' questions. It will be followed by the opening reception hosted by WCCW.

#2 Director's Talk: Director Ruby Challenger As the grand daughter of Jan Ruff O’Herne, Dutch comfort women victim, she discuss her grand mother's life and how she was involved in women's activism.

#3 Discussion after "Because We Were Beautiful" Scholars (Dr. Bonnie Oh and other) will discuss on various scope and perspectives on comfort women issues in different regions.

Join the Director's talk

#4 Discussion after "Twenty Two" Local Chinese community leader will discuss Chinese comfort women issues and the meaning of the film.

#5 Director's Talk after 'Spirit's Homecoming" and "Ae-Eum-Gil (A Long Way Around)" Cho Jung-rae, Lee Sung-hyun, Sin kwon Ahn (director of House of Sharing), grandmother Ok Sun lee will visit and talk about the whole process of film making and their objectives. Between two films there will be a cocktail and refreshment.

#6 Directors' Roundtable over the Luncheon After the last film "Apology" all directors are invited to discuss over the significance of film production on comfort women issues. Co-sponsored by Asia Policy Point and moderated by Mindy Kotler (director of Asia Policy Point).


We welcome to join group or community for this movie festival.

We have been journey for faith and apology very long time. And we must keep going for it until people with broken heart is healed. 

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Film Festival Schedule
November 9 - 11, 2018
American University School of Communication McKinley Building,
4400 Massachusetts Av, NW. Washington DC 20016

Maisi Doyle & M. Forman Theater

18:00 - 20:00 I Can Speak (119 min)
20:00 - 20:30 Director's Talk*
20:30 - 22:00 Reception

starts 6:00pm Please come 15 min in advanced

Maisi Doyle & M. Forman Theater

10:00 - 11:00 50 Years of Silence (57 min)
11:00 - 11:15 Daily Bread (15 min)
11:15 - 11:45 Director's Talk
11:45 - 12:15 Break & Snack
12:15 - 13:15 Because We Were Beautiful (60 min)
13:15 - 13:40 Discussion
13:40 - 14:00 Break & Snack
14:00 - 15:40 Twenty Two (99 min)
15:40 - 16:00 Discussion
16:00 - 17:00 Break & Snack
17:00 - 19:10 Spirits' Homecoming (127 min)
19:10 - 19:50 Cocktail / Refreshment
19:50 - 21:30 Ae-Eum-Gil (100 min)
21:30 - 22:00 Director's Talk*

starts 10:00amPlease come 15 min in advanced

Maisi Doyle & M. Forman Theater

10:00 - 10:15 For Her (14 min)
10:20 - 12:04 The Apology (104 min)
12:04 - 12:30 Director's Talk*
12:30 - 14:00 Director's Roundtable
"The Art of Witness" (Light Lunch)

starts 10:00amPlease come 15 min in advanced