Interactive 2017

The Space We Hold

Cult Leader & The National Film Board of Canada

“The Space We Hold” brings us the testimony of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women forced into military sexual slavery during World War II. Seventy years later, this interactive documentary introduces us to the now-grandmothers who recount their horrifying experiences and how they survived the trauma of rape. The website allows us to participate at our own pace through watching short, powerful interviews and then responding directly on the website or sharing with others on social media. As noted on the site, “In an era where rape continues to be used as a weapon of war and where sexual shaming and online harassment is commonplace, ‘The Space We Hold’ asks us to imagine news ways of listening and responding to stories of sexual violence.”