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Documentary eyes global audience

(China Daily)    11:35, July 02, 2015

A Chinese documentary marking the 70th anniversary of the victory against fascism has been translated into eight foreign languages and will be available to foreign audiences on Thursday.

Truth and Denial - Germany and Japan's Postwar Redemption is a 90-minute, four-part documentary.

It describes the different attitudes of Germany and Japan toward their redemption in regard to World War II, and was first broadcast on China Central Television in early June.

It was initially produced in Chinese by the Institute of World History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and has since been translated into eight languages: English, Russian, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Arabic.

Liu Jiangyong, deputy director of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University, said the multilingual version will enable people from countries across the world to ponder the facts and perspectives the documentary presents.

"I think people will understand the value of peace after watching the documentary, and they will realize the importance of treasuring and protecting the peace we have today," Liu said. "It's not only important to China, but also to the rest of the world.

"This documentary, broadcast in such a special year, will help the younger generations of China and Japan to know about the dispute between the two countries, understand the background and causes, and help them form a firm belief in postwar peace."

Jiang Youxi, chief director and producer of the documentary, read many research papers analyzing the differences between the redemption of Germany and Japan.

"Many papers said the two countries' sharp contrast resulted from their different religious backgrounds, national traits and cultures," she said. "However, these couldn't fully convince me."

To find answers and explanations, Jiang's team went to Japan and interviewed many people, including former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, men who had participated in the war of aggression against China, history experts and scholars, as well as peace activists and some right-wingers in Japan.

Her team also visited historical sites including the site of the Nanjing Massacre in Jiangsu province, and gathered a great deal of firsthand material.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Ma Xiaochun,Bianji)

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