The Girl and the Picture (2018)

directed by Academy-Award Winner Vanessa Roth

The Girl and the Picture 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 for research and education.

In 1937, at age eight, Xia Shuqin and her younger sister witnessed the murder of their family in the horror that would become known to the world as the Nanjing Massacre. In the days that followed, an American missionary, John Magee, who was documenting the atrocities, filmed the little girls standing in front of the broken remains of their family home, creating evidence of the carnage and binding his family and theirs forever.

The Girl and The Picture brings together two direct descendants of this history as Madam Xia, at 88, shares her memory with her granddaughter, her seven-year-old great grandson and with Chris Magee, the grandson of the missionary who captured her image eight decades earlier. The Girl and The Picture brings to light the power of memory to bridge generations and create a shared legacy of family, loss and survival.


Official Trailer

directed by Vanessa Roth

Official Site


WINNER of the American Documentary Film Festival U.S. Special Jury Award

WINNER of the Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Film Making: Documentary Short

NOMINATED best short documentary for the International Documentary Association Award