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An exploration of the complex layers of shame and healing, through the lives of 3 survivors of sexual slavery during WWII.

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Dear Supporters,

We are coming down to the last hours! Our goal is to increase the number of BACKERS to 800. So for the last 10 hours please help us spread the link and encourage $1 pledges. By doing so, the number of backers will demonstrate to broadcasters and distributors that this film needs to be aired and made. 

Thank you all for helping us get this far! Let's go get it!!!

Tiffany and the Ecstatic Bunch at Golden Nugget

Below are some simple ways you can help us demonstrate to broadcasters that this film needs to be made:  

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SURPRISE PLEDGE LEVELS ONE WITH 25,000 AEROPLAN POINTS AND ANOTHER WITH A POWERSHOT A2200 HAS BEEN POSTED!

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Why Are We Making This Film? 

Within Every Woman (WEWoman; www.wewoman.org) is a film that explores the forgotten history of "The Comfort Woman", a term used to describe over 200,000 girls who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II in Asia.

We began the project in 2008, travelling through rural China, the Philippines, and South Korea to meet and document the survivors of what is known as the largest institutionalized rape system in world history. Today, the survivors are referred to as “the Grandmothers” - all above the age of 80, they are now mothers, grandmothers and wives. But behind their inspiring courage and strength, it is clear they are still haunted with memories of the past. We want to show the complex healing processes that these women who have struggled with their whole lives and ask, ”How does one begin to heal from such brutality?”

As a result, WEWoman will focus on the current lives of the few remaining survivors who are scattered across Asia. By peeling back the layers of silence, shame and sacrifice they have endured, we will reveal their wisdom, resilience and compassion.

We will embark on a journey of hope, reminding survivors everywhere that they are not fighting alone, and that together, they can overcome their past with grace and strength to find kindness in an unkind world.

Why Now? 

Within Every Woman (WEWoman) director, Tiffany Hsiung, is racing against time to seek peace and a form of justice for the Grandmothers, who are now in their 80’s and 90’s. If we wait any longer, it will be too late! Their stories and experiences will be lost forever. 

But we are not here to sensationalize the rape and violence of these traumatic events, instead we are dedicated to honouring  the process of healing and challenging the shame that still silences victims today. 

We want to connect with the past by exploring the lives of the Grandmothers. As we get to know their personalities and their beautiful spirits, we are reminded that we need to cherish our elders. Through their stories and wealth of knowledge we can learn not to repeat the same mistakes.

Support the Movement

Within Every Woman (WEWoman) is not just a film, it’s a movement that will bring voices to survivors of sexual violence and connect the audience with a global community of storytellers, educators and online resources.  

In fact, momentum is already building. The film's director, Tiffany Hsiung, has engaged thousands of students through workshops in Canada and Japan, presented at the largest international conference for educators on the History of WWII in Asia, spoke as the Keynote Speaker at an all-day conference for Toronto District School Board teachers and has been scheduled to speak at various high schools across Toronto in the coming months. 

We all need to speak up against sexual violence. Only then can we abolish the shame that silences survivors and bring justice to those who have been wronged.

Our Challenge to You 

The next time you're visiting your grandparents, bring a camera or a tape recorder and interview them. Learn about their experiences and listen to their stories. They are not going to be here forever and we must cherish every moment we have with them….

FAQ

  • Specifically, your pledges will be used to cover local ground support (translators & guides) in Asia (China, South Korea, and Philippines), per-diems for the production crew, footage transcripts and translations into 6 languages, logging thousands of hours of footage, equipment rentals, animators, outreach staff, online interactive directors, a robust ICT strategy, post-production costs and expenses relating to speaking at conferences about the issue of "Comfort Women",

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  • Unfortunately not. Charitable Tax Receipts can only be issued to US residents who pledge $60 or more.

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    "THE SECRET OF PEAR PEELING" instructional video so you can impress house guests and future in-laws, a special THANK YOU to YOU on our website, a secret link to special footage and 5 DAYS OF GOOD LUCK.

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    THE BEST CHINESE GREEN ONION PANCAKE RECIPE, FREE DOWNLOAD of the film and soundtrack when it becomes available, PLUS everything above.

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    THE SECRET TO MAKING PERFECT NOODLE BROTH, AN AWESOME “Supporter Edition” DVD of the finished film, and one of the Grandmother's recipe for beef noodle soup, PLUS everything above.

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    MOUTH-WATERING KOREAN KIMCHI RECIPE, everything above PLUS and an autographed physical copy of the film’s soundtrack (with exclusive bonus tracks/remixes), AND tax receipts are available to US residents.

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    DELICIOUS PHILIPPINE STUFFED FISH RECIPE, THE INSPIRATIONAL PACKAGE including your name in the film credits, a DVD set of books, movies, and documentaries on the issue, PLUS everything above.

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    5 GOLDEN WAYS OF HOMEMADE NOODLE MAKING RECIPE, A LIMITED PRINT autographed poster of the film and personal thank you note, PLUS everything above.

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    SURPRISE PLEDGE LEVEL: Take pictures with your Grandma with a new Canon Powershot A2200 (est. $200 value)! PLUS everything at the 250 level.

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    THE LEGENDARY HANDMADE DUMPLING RECIPE, A LIMITED EDITION laser engraved iPod Shuffle loaded with the film's special edition soundtrack (with exclusive bonus tracks/remixes), a special message from the film's Director, delivery of a digital message from you to the Grandmothers and THE INSPIRATIONAL PACKAGE as seen above. Tax receipts are available to US residents.

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    SURPRISE PLEDGE LEVEL: a gorgeous Ela Kowalewska clutch (retail: $280) donated by the designer herself! Plus, everything at the $500 Level. http://ow.ly/5ssqe

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    WELCOME TO THE PREMIERE! Meet us in person, watch your name on the big screen in the film credits and take home a goody bag (a $300 value) filled with limited-edition film items, including a limited-edition laser engraved 8GB iPod Nano, all of our secret recipes, and THE INSPIRATIONAL PACKAGE as seen above. All autographed by the film's Director when you meet her in person! (backers will be responsible for their own air travel and accommodation). Tax receipts are available to US residents.

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    PARTY WITH US at the film's PREMIER and AFTER PARTY, watch your name on the big screen in the film credits and take home a goody bag (a $500 value) filled with limited-edition film items, including a limited-edition 32GB IPOD TOUCH laser engraved with special film artwork, all of our secret recipes and THE INSPIRATIONAL PACKAGE as seen above. All autographed by the film's Director when you meet her in person! (backers will be responsible for their own air travel and accommodation). Tax receipts are available to US residents.

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    A BEAUTIFUL PERSONALIZED iPad 2, laser engraved with unique film artwork loaded with a personal video message from the film's Director, and never before seen production stills, as well as 10 invitations to a PRIVATE SCREENING of the film in Toronto (backers will be responsible for their own air travel and accommodation), all of our secret recipes and take home THE INSPIRATIONAL PACKAGE as seen above. Tax receipts are available to US residents.

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    AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIP (airfare only) to Beijing, China to have lunch with the film's director and crew to learn more about the issues on the ground, and your name as an "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" in the film credits. Also take home a goody bag (a $700 value) filled with limited-edition film items, including all of our secret recipes and THE INSPIRATIONAL PACKAGE as seen above. Tax receipts are available to US residents.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT in the film and we'll also create a profile for you on IMDB, and ability for you to leave a personal video message about the issue at the end of the film. We'll also fly you (airfare, ground transportation and accommodation for 2 days) to attend the film’s PREMIER and AFTER PARTY as a VIP and take home a goody bag (a $700 value) filled with limited-edition film items including all of our secret recipes and THE INSPIRATIONAL PACKAGE as seen above. Tax receipts are available to US residents.

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