About the Production  (page 1 of 5)

Co-directors Anne Pick and Bill Spahic first learned the details of the Rape of Nanking four years ago when their son Matt chose it as a subject for a grade 10 history paper. A couple of years later at a fundraising dinner in the Chinese community they discussed the possibility of making a documentary on the subject with Dr. Joseph Y.K. Wong, chairman of the Toronto chapter of ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia), the organization responsible for adding the rape of Nanking to the Ontario high school curriculum.

At Dr. Joseph Y.K. Wong’s suggestion, Pick and Spahic read Iris Chang’s book, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. Impressed by the emotional and deeply-felt way in which Chang told the story, Pick and Spahic decided that rather than making a conventional historical documentary, they would tell the story of Nanking from Chang’s point-of-view. With the help of Dr. Wong, Pick and Spahic obtained the support and exclusive co-operation of Iris’s parents, Ying-Ying and Shau-Jin Chang.

Filming began in December, 2006, when the directors took a crew to Nanking to interview survivors of the massacre, including one, Xia Shu Qin, the only remaining survivor among those interviewed by Iris Chang when she did the research for her book in Nanking in the summer of 1995. To be as authentic as possible the filmmakers,
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