A Japanese journalist reveals outrageous truths about “comfort women” through the North Korean survivors of Japan's wartime sexual slavery.
For 25 years, Japanese journalist and photographer ITO Takashi has been tracing the lives of North Korean “comfort women”. His report reveals outrageous truths about the survivors of Japan's wartime sexual slavery through their voices. You’ll never silence the voice of the voiceless.
1. AHN Hae-ryong
AHN Hae-ryong is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, exhibition coordinator and the head of freelance journalist group Asia Press International’s Seoul office. He has been documenting Japanese comfort women victims from Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines. He made a number of TV documentaries broadcast on KBS, EBS and NHK. His first feature documentary My Heart is Not Broken Yet(2007) was theatrically released in Korea in 2009. He also co-directed The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol(2014), a feature documentary on the Sewol ferry accident controversy. Following its premiere at the Busan IFF 2014, the film was theatrically released in Korea and Japan. The film also won the Grand Prix Award at the Fukuoka Asian Film Festival 2015.
2. ITO Takashi
As a journalist and photographer, ITO Takashi has made investigative reports dealing with Japan’s past and present from Asian people’s perspectives. He has interviewed over 800 Asian victims of war committed by Japan and documented their testimonies with photos and writings. His recent book 「I Will Remember」 contains the testimonies of comfort women, the survivors of Japan's wartime sexual slavery, both from South and North Korea.
HWANG Hei-rim is a producer at the film production/distribution company Metaplay. She was a staff writer at the weekly film magazine 「Cine 21」for six years. She was a programmer at the Green Film Festival in Seoul and its Green Archive. She also worked for the Seoul Independent Film Festival and is now working at the Seoul International Food Film Festival as a programmer. She produced two feature-length documentaries, Sanda(2013) and The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol(2014), which premiered at the Busan IFF respectively. She also produced several short films including Reservoir Dogs, Take 1. South-Han River(2010) and Take 2. Nakdong River(2011).
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