A feature documentary in HD about a young Chinese-American author’s journey into the darkest reaches of humanity as she researched and wrote her best selling book ‘The Rape of Nanking’. Iris Chang’s harrowing experience and dogged determination uncovers in graphic detail the forgotten holocaust of World War II when almost 300,000 Chinese women, children and soldiers were in a matter of weeks systematically raped, tortured and murdered by the invading Japanese forces.
Chang first learned of the 1937 massacre when she was a young child growing up in the mid-west. Her grandparents had managed to escape Nanking as the streets began flowing with blood. However, it was not until she was in her early twenties that she finally realized the enormity of that nightmare and what it symbolized, on a personal level for her, as a human being. Already a successful author with titles like “Silkworm” Iris decided to rely on her skills and training as a writer to make sense of the overwhelming feelings she experienced upon rediscovering, in graphic images, the story of Nanking in 1937. Her resulting book “The Rape of Nanking” was the first English, detailed document of the atrocities – a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. More than just an orgy of violence, our story also reveals the total disregard for human life by the Japanese soldiers and the concerted effort during the Cold War on the part of the West and even China to suppress what had happened.