Filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung to screen clips of new documentary on Oct. 16

September 18, 2012

In 2008, filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung traveled through rural China, the Philippines and South Korea to collect the stories of “the Grandmothers,” Asian women who had been forced into institutionalized sex slavery during World War II.

She’ll screen portions of her resulting documentary-in-progress, “Within Every Woman” at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

After 70 years of silence, Hsiung gave elderly former “comfort women” an opportunity to tell their stories, possibly for the final time. “Behind their inspiring courage and strength, it is clear they are still haunted with memories of the past,” she says. “We wanted 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?’”

Hsiung’s hope is that “Within Every Woman” connects with others who have been victims of sexual violence. “I want to remind 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.”

Clips from “Within Every Woman” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the second-floor auditorium of the college’s Reed Union Building; a question-and-answer session with Hsiung will follow. Admission is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Penn State Behrend’s Women’s Studies program and by its School of Humanities and Social Sciences. For additional information, contact Sarah Whitney, Women’s Studies program director, at 814-898-6158 or

  • Documentary filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung, here interviewing a former comfort woman, will screen clips from her new documentary at Penn State Behrend.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated September 18, 2012