DRIVEN MIND (working title) explores the life and death of Chinese-American author/historian Iris Chang, who in 1997 at the age of 29 became a New York Times bestselling author with The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. The book brought her fame in China and among Chinese Americans, and she became an advocate on issues relating to the war and on civil liberties and Chinese American history. Seven years after her groundbreaking work, she committed suicide.
The documentary interweaves her tragic last few months with her life as an ambitious child, journalist, writer, activist, wife and mother. The film creates a mosaic of a woman with extraordinary drive—for success and fame, for social justice and for peace of mind.