“A brilliant combination of cultural reporting and interpersonal reckoning…” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“A startling account of collective trauma.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of China’s devastating One Child Policy, an extreme social experiment enacted in 1979 that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child. Though the policy ended in 2015, Chinese citizens are still processing the trauma induced by the litany of human rights abuses sanctioned and enacted by their government – from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions. Wang digs fearlessly into her own personal life, weaving her experience as a new mother and the firsthand accounts of her family members with archival propaganda material and testimony from victims and perpetrators alike, yielding a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization. A nuanced and revelatory examination of the mindset that prioritizes national agenda over human life, One Child Nation serves as a first-of-its-kind oral history of this collective tragedy. In English and Mandarin with English subtitlesDirectors Nanfu Wang and Jailing Zhang. (China/US 2019) 85 min.
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