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Sat 20 Jan 2007

Nanking

Category : movies

Excerpt from "The real healing begins for mother of Iris Chang." By L.A. Chung. The Mercury News, 17 Jan 2007.

"A new documentary, "Nanking,"' initiated by AOL Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis, makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week. ...

Iris Chang's 1997 book, "The Rape of Nanking,'" was a New York Times bestseller, a phenomenon that reverberated across the globe as the first major work in English on the atrocities, one that uncovered the diary of John Rabe, "China's Schindler,"' and interviews with the survivors.

It was Iris' untimely death ... that led to "Nanking"' at Sundance. Leonsis ... was inexplicably drawn to Chang's obituary buried deep inside the New York Times. Hungry for something to read aboard his yacht, Leonsis had bought 45 days' worth of outdated papers during a shore visit in the Caribbean. Iris' story and her picture haunted him. ... [he] looked up everything he could about Iris, John Rabe and the rape of Nanking.

"In Chinese, we think it is something like fate. . . . Some way, something provides that you meet this person, that you are bound to this person, somehow," said Ying Ying [Iris' mum], who, with her husband, had dinner with Leonsis in Washington last year. "For some reason, he didn't know why, he couldn't forget about the obituary.'"

Leonsis persuaded Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Guttentag, who teaches at Stanford, to tell the story of Rabe and the dozen or so Westerners who risked their lives to create a safety zone to protect 250,000 Chinese. The film cost $2 million." [link]

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