First up is "Nanking" Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's documentary based Iris Chang's horrifying book "The Rape of Nanking." The film, which will screen on November 28th, tells the story of the Japanese occupation of Nanking in 1938 and 1939 and the campaign of mass murder which it involved. Press reports have already put "Nanking" in the running for the Best Documentary Oscar.
The evening will include a discussion with Iris Chang’s parents, Ying Ying and Shau Jin Chang. Iris Chang committed suicide three years ago, and is the subject of a new book "Finding Iris Chang" by Paula Kamen. The film will open on limited release in mid-December.
Then on December 13th former local dancer-turned-journalist-turned-screenwriter Diablo Cody will introduce "Juno." Cody has enjoyed a meteoric couple of years which began with the publication of her memoir "Candy Girl" recounting her years as an exotic dancer in Minneapolis, and then her relocation to LA when she was snapped up as a screenwriter. "Juno" is a comedy which tells the story of a pregnant Twin Cities teenager trying to work out what she's going to do with her impending arrival. Directed by Jason "Thank You for Smoking" Reitman, the film was a hit at Telluride and Toronto.