Documentary | 1999 | 57 mins | English and Korean w/ English subtitles | DVD
Director/Producer/Writer: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson
Grade Levels: 11 grade and up
A powerful and emotional documentary about Korean women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, SILENCE BROKEN dramatically combines the testimony of former comfort women who demand justice for the “crimes against humanity” committed against them, along with contravening interviews of Japanese soldiers, recruiters and contemporary scholars who deny the existence of comfort women or claim that these victims “did this for money.” In the film, these women demand an official apology, admission of moral as well as legal guilt, and compenstion from the Japanese government. They want human dignity and justice restored to them.
The individual testimonies in SILENCE BROKEN, combined with unusual archival footage and dramatized images, shatter the half-century of silence and create a collective story filled with soulful sorrow and amazing resilience of the human spirit.