The catastrophic event that left hundreds of thousands massacred by the Japanese soldiers during in 1937 is revisited in the upcoming film THE GIRL AND THE PICTURE by director Vanessa Roth.
This film brings together direct descendants of this history as Madam Xia, at 88, shares her memories with her granddaughter, her seven-year-old great grandson, and with Chris Magee, the grandson of the missionary who captured her image eight decades earlier.
THE GIRL AND THE PICTURE brings to light the power of memory to connect generations and create a shared legacy of family, loss, and survival.
At age eight, Xia Shuqin and her younger sister witnessed the murder of their entire family in what became known as the Nanjing Massacre. In the days that followed, an American missionary named John Magee documented the horror, filming the little girls in front of the remains of their family home, creating evidence of the carnage and binding his family and theirs forever.
The film is presented by USC Shoah Foundation, which was founded by Steven Spielberg with a mission to record eyewitness testimonies of the Holocaust and other genocides. Following its screenings at AmDocs and the Tribeca Film Festival, it will play at the Newport Beach Film Festival, as well as at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, with more festival dates to be announced.
THE GIRL AND THE PICTURE is written and directed by Academy Award winner Vanessa Roth, writer and director of the Netflix docu-series, 'Daughters of Destiny'. The film is produced by Roth, Stephen D. Smith, and Devorah Palladino.