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Iris Chang: Power of One

Iris Chang: Power of One (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, a book about the Nanjing Massacre, which was one of the most horrific yet forgotten atrocities of World War II in Asia­.


The film interweaves her singleminded quest to tell this story with her personal journey, her activism on issues of historical justice and the ultimate toll that her passion and drive took on her. In doing so, the film serves as a powerful reminder of how a single individual can effect tremendous change while also revealing the vital importance of mental health and wellness.

Project Status:  In production.


Development funding received from the Asian Women Giving Circle and the Center for Asian American Media.

A co-production with Kartemquin Films and an awardee of its Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for AAPI Voices.


Selected for the 2023 Hot Docs Deal Maker, 2023 Athena Film Festival's Works-In-Progress Pitch Forum, 2022 Gotham Week Project Market: Spotlight on Documentaries and 2022 Australian International Documentary Conference Cut to the Chase programs. Semi-finalist for the CMP Shifting Voices Film Fund.

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We are currently raising funds to continue production. This project has fiscal sponsorship from Kartemquin Films, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Thus all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


To make a donation online, go to:

In the "Donate to" section, choose "Films" and select "Iris Chang:

Power of One" in the drop-down menu.


You can also write a check made out to Kartemquin Films
and write "Iris Chang: Power of One" on the memo line.

The check can be sent to:

Kartemquin Films

1901 W. Wellington Ave

Chicago, IL 60657

Email us at with questions.

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