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China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation is embarking on a co-production with the A+E Networks in the US on Scars of Nanking, to mark the 80th anniversary of the World War II massacre.

Scars of Nanking IMG 4077The one-hour docu-drama is set during the invasion of China in 1937 by Imperial Japanese forces, when tens of thousands of civilians and prisoners of war were raped and murdered in the city that was then the Chinese capital.

“Over the past few years, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation has built strong awareness of these horrible events with a number of impactful documentaries. Now, as we approach the 80th anniversary, we are honoured to be joining the effort to create a production that tells the story with a western perspective and narrative to be shared with a much broader audience,” said Alan Hodges, managing director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks.

The programme premieres 13 December 2017 on the History channel in the US, History Asia and simultaneously on Jiangsu Satellite TV in China.

Cao Haibin, general manager of JSBC Documentary Media Company, said: “We are excited to be working with A+E Networks, whose reputation for providing impactful, disruptive content clearly places it among the top providers of both factual and scripted content around the globe. A+E provides the perfect combination of talent and demonstrated acumen required to tell this important story to a mainstream global audience.”

Many fled before the invasion, however 22 foreigners did not leave Nanking. Scars of Nanking tells the story of some of those who chose to stay in the face of grave personal danger. American missionaries, some of them teachers, some doctors or ministers, all did what they could to help safeguard a quarter of a million Chinese civilians.

Edward Sabin, executive managing director of A+E Networks International, said: “Our Asia team has done an incredible job in this collaborative opportunity to work with one of China’s most influential media operators and produce a show of significant regional importance. This is a premiere project that is certain to lead to a long and fruitful collaboration with Jiangsu.”

The docu-drama is also supported with a feature length documentary called Scars of Nanjing: 80 Years After. In this 90-minute special, the traumatic events of Nanking are remembered through Chinese students, massacre survivors, and their descendants, as well as insight from experts and historians Ian Buruma, Daqing Yang, Alexis Dudden and filmmaker Christine Choy.