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June 21, 2011 2:18 AM
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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Korean WWII Comfort Women Documentary "Within Every Woman"

An image from Tiffany Hsiung's "Within Every Woman." [Image courtesy of filmmaker]

Each week, we usually gather up four or five projects in progress to feature in a single column. Now it's going to be a daily feature, so we can give the spotlight to a single project each day.

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"Within Every Woman"

Tweetable Logline: Behind every statistic there is an individual… Within Every Woman there is a story.

Elevator Pitch: What began as a documentary about the former “Comfort Women” (a term used to describe over 200,000 girls kidnapped or coerced into Military Sexual Slavery during World War Two in Asia) developed into a personal story about the complex layers of healing. Told through the lives of 3 Grandmothers, each survivors of the largest institutionalized rape system in world history, the film explores the role society plays in perpetuating the shame that silences victims of sexual violence.

Production team:
Executive Producers: Joseph Wong, Flora Chong, Judy Cho
Producer: Christopher Kang
Director and Co-producer: Tiffany Hsiung
Associate Producer: Rayisa Kondracki,
Director of Community Outreach: Lucy Zhao
Editor: Gloria Tong, Ricardo Acosta
Cinematography: Tiffany Hsiung, Kwoi Gin, Alex Tong, Mark Valino
Crew: Uni Park, U Chung, Sunny Yao, Jude Lee

About the production:
"I never expected to make a film about military sexual violence. But in the summer of 2009 I was invited to document a Study Tour by Toronto Alpha (Association of Learning and Preserving history of WW2 in Asia) and I met Grandma Ha in Shanghai. After hearing her describe her experiences as a sex slave for the Japanese Imperial army first hand, I knew I had to tell this story. I was so shocked and frustrated that I had never heard this part of my own culture’s history before. This frustration grew as I came to realize Grandma Ha easily could have been my own grandmother. And it was this realization that solidified my need to share the grandmothers’ unheard stories with the world. Not only because they are in the last years of their lives and need help to ensure their stories are remembered, but because these stories can inspire so many other women that have experienced a form of sexual violence to speak out. The grandmothers remind us that it is never to late." -- Tiffany Hsiung

Current status:
The film is currently in production.

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3 Comments

  • Serena | June 21, 2011 12:15 PMReply

    Wow so incredibly sad! It's very important to record these stories while we still can.

  • Zack Coffman | June 21, 2011 4:55 AMReply

    Posted and Retweeted. Great project

  • hyunsuk | June 21, 2011 4:29 AMReply

    this is a wonderful project! thanks for sharing indiewire!