Driven Mind (working title) reveals the gripping story of Chinese-American writer Iris Chang, who in 1997 at the age of 29 became a New York Times bestselling author with The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. The book brought her fame, and she became an advocate on issues relating to the war, Chinese American history and civil liberties. Seven years later, she committed suicide.
The documentary interweaves the last months of her life and her rapid descent into depression and suicide with her life as an ambitious child growing up in the American Midwest and later as a writer, activist, wife and mother. The film creates a mosaic of a woman with extraordinary drive—for success, fame, justice and peace of mind.
Project Status: In late development/early production.
Seed funding received from the Asian Women Giving Circle.
This film has the fiscal sponsorship of From The Heart Productions, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Thus all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
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From The Heart Productions, Inc.
1455 Mandalay Beach Road
Oxnard, CA 93035
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