You can fight all day about when, and under what circumstances, going to war is justified (if ever), but few can argue the tragic impact it can have on a country's civilian population. In the early days of WWII, as the battle between Japan and China began to escalate, the city of Nanking, then China's capital, came under attack. When the city fell, thousands of Chinese citizens were raped and murdered in what is now known as the "Rape of Nanking."

'Nanking,' a SnagFilms documentary that interweaves interviews with survivors, archival footage, and staged readings by Woody Harrelson and Mariel Hemingway, recalls the events leading up to and during the horrific incident. Out of the numerous fascinating facts revealed in the movie, the most interesting is the Safety Zone, an area of the city carved out by Western missionaries, professors, doctors and businessmen, that became a refuge for over 200,000 Chinese civilians. You can fight all day about when, and under what circumstances, going to war is justified (if ever), but few can argue the tragic impact it can have on a country's civilian population. In the early days of WWII, as the battle between Japan and China began to escalate, the city of Nanking, then China's capital, came under attack. When the city fell, thousands of Chinese citizens were raped and murdered in what is now known as the "Rape of Nanking."

'Nanking,' a SnagFilms documentary that interweaves interviews with survivors, archival footage, and staged readings by Woody Harrelson and Mariel Hemingway, recalls the events leading up to and during the horrific incident. Out of the numerous fascinating facts revealed in the movie, the most interesting is the Safety Zone, an area of the city carved out by Western missionaries, professors, doctors and businessmen, that became a refuge for over 200,000 Chinese civilians.

Like something out of a made-for-TV movie, the creators of zone risked their lives to protect people they barely knew and the resulting story is one of courage and survival that Hollywood couldn't produce on its best day.


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