TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 2017 International "Comfort Women" Human Rights Film Festival kicks off in Taipei with the main theme about the women who lived in terror of sexual slavery and other issues of wartime violence during World War II.
The event officially opened to the public this Thursday and will run until August 13 at the Ama Museum. Located in Taipei's Datong District, it is the first memorial hall in Taiwan dedicated to all the women who suffered war crimes during the Second World War.
With the premiere of five documentaries and feature films brought by domestic and overseas participants, audiences will see some of the horrors perpetrators by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II when they enslaved women from other Asian countries.
In a press conference yesterday, Kang Shu-hua (康淑華), curator of the Ama Museum, briefly introduced the three documentaries including "Twenty Two," and "The Apology," which tell the stories of comfort women from China, South Korea, and the Philippines. The third was the Taiwanese film "Song of the Reed," which told the stories of Taiwanese comfort women.
Additionally, two feature films from foreign directors focusing on wartime violence: "As If I'm Not There," and "For Those Who Can Tell No Tales" will also be shown. More documentary directors will engage in seminars held on this Saturday, according to Kang.
It is estimated that the Japanese Imperial Army forced over 200,000 women into sexual slavery throughout Asia, including in Taiwan, China, Korea and the Philippines, during World War II. In Taiwan, the number of victims was over 2,000, but only two have spoken openly about their cases, according to Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation.
In an effort to draw more attention to the issue of comfort women, the Ama Museum, established by the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, holds this event to have more people learn about this period in history and take a better care of the surviving comfort women.