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January 25, 2008

National Archives Presents Film and Conversation with Ted Leonsis March 5

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Washington, DC…On Wednesday, March 5, at 7 PM, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein welcomes AOL vice-chairman emeritus, philanthropist, sports team owner, and documentary film producer Ted Leonsis for a screening and discussion of his 2007 film, “Nanking.” The event will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building.

The screening of the 88-minute film will be followed by an “American Conversation” about Leonsis’s interest in the subject and the historical research involved. This critically-acclaimed motion picture chronicles the “Rape of Nanking,” which began when the Chinese city sustained a brutal siege by the Japanese Army in December 1937. “Nanking” expertly connects archival footage and photos of the events to deeply-moving interviews with Chinese survivors, testimonies of former Japanese soldiers, and filmed stage readings of Westerners' letters and diaries featuring actors Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, and Jurgen Prochnow.

The “American Conversations” series focuses on American history and identity. Senators Harry Reid and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lynne Cheney, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, and historian John Hope Franklin are among those featured in previous programs, some of which may be viewed on the National Archives web site.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW and is fully accessible. All programs in the “American Conversations” series are free and open to the public. Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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