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English subtitles, partial
In 1937 the Nanjing Massacre unfolded in China where eight-year-old Xia Shuqin watched in hidden, silent horror as her home and family were destroyed. Simultaneously, a young American missionary named John Magee stood in the aftermath with a 16mm home movie camera, immortalizing the devastation and capturing the image of Xia Shuqin and her little sister among the wreckage. Madam Xia, now eighty-eight-years-old, shares her memories with her daughter and grandson, preserving a painful- largely obscured- past through her stories. Chris Magee, the grandson of John Magee, travels to China to learn about his grandfather’s role in this history. A film that explores the vital responsibility and truth embedded in stories and film; how legacies are manifest through words and images so that future generations can carry with them the moments from which they came.
Director, Writer, Co-Producer
With an M.A. in Social Work from Columbia University, filmmaker Vanessa Roth seeks out the shared humanity in her documentary subjects. Roth is best known for the Netflix original series DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY and Academy Award-winning short film FREEHELD.
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