‘The Girl and The Picture’ Runs during the Inspirational Short Docs at Newport Beach Film Festival

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The Girl and The Picture screens during the Inspirational Short Docs at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Director Vanessa Roth follows the story of Xia Shuqin, who at 8 years old along with her younger sister survived the Nanjing Massacre. Madam Xia who is now 88 years old, recounts the horrific events of losing her entire family at such a young age to her granddaughter in this heart wrenching, tear jerker that will force you examine true hardships.

Madam Xia was rescued by American Missionary, John McGee, who documented the two little girls as they were surrounded by their dead relatives. Madam Xia shares her story with her granddaughter, her 7-year-old great grandson and Chris McGee, the grandson of the American Missionary that allowed her to live a long and full life.

Madam Xia’s story is oh so familiar as my grandfather and his older sister were orphaned during the Assyrian Genocide in 1915. Her tragedy has mirrored my own maternal family’s and with that, the tears flowed because it was just that much more relatable for me.

The film is presented by USC Shoah Foundation, which was founded by Steven Spielberg with a mission to record eyewitness testimonies of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The Girl and The Picture has a run time of nearly 40 minutes and screens during the Inspirational Short Docs Saturday, April 28, 2018, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by clicking any of the hyperlinks.

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The Girl and The Picture
  • Overall Score
4

The Verdict

The Girl and The Picture is a heart wrenching documentary that inspires hope in the face of tragedy, proving that life goes on, while never forgetting our past sufferings.

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