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Indonesian Movie Night - "Because We Were Beautiful: Indonesian Comfort Women Tell Their Stories"

"Omdat wij mooi waren" documentary poster
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
Thomson 101

During World War II, a number of women in Japanese-occupied countries were forced to become sexual companions in military barracks and encampments. What they endured was kept secret for decades, even by the victims, out of shame. Today, these so-called "comfort women" are being sought out and given a chance to tell their stories—perhaps finding a degree of healing while raising awareness of one of the great horrors of warfare.

This film represents just such an effort, featuring several Indonesian women who faced systematic rape and humiliation during the Japanese occupation. In their own words, they describe what happened to them and how it shaped their lives afterwards.

(With English subtitles)


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