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China's One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. 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 this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another -- 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 into archival propaganda material and testimony from victims and perpetrators alike, yielding a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization.

  • Director: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 01:29:00
  • imdb Score: 7.4/10 (230 votes)
  • Language: English | Mandarin
  • Rating: R
  • Cast:
"Densely informative yet always grounded in deep personal investment and clear-eyed compassion, this is a powerful indictment of a traumatic social experiment, made all the more startling by the success of the propaganda machine in making people continue to believe it was necessary."
David Rooney - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Using a remarkable personal lens, the film examines the reverberations of propaganda on broken families across multiple generations. The cumulative effect creates the sense that its destructive effects continue to be felt well beyond China’s borders."
Eric Kohn - INDIEWIRE

"Wang’s film is intimate, thought-provoking and well-crafted. It condemns the horrors of the policy without condemning those who were brainwashed into being its vessels, and it gives voice to so many families whose agency was stolen from them."
Gary Garrison - THE PLAYLIST

"ONE CHILD NATION is an utterly compelling documentary that examines the consequences of this staunchly enforced ‘social experiment’. If it stops short of making an explicit political statement, a series of powerful testimonies leaves a harrowing micro-level impression."
John Berra - SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

AWARDS

Sundance Film Festival 2019
Best Documentary

Sheffield Int'l Documentary Festival 2019
Best Documentary

Docville 2019
Best Documentary

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2019
Best Documentary

FESTIVALS

Florida Film Festival 2019

Docville Int'l Film Festival 2019

Ashland Independent Film Festival 2019

San Francisco Int'l Film Festival 2019

Chicago DOC10 Film Festival 2019

Sarasota Film Festival 2019

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Hot Docs Int' Documentary Festival 2019

DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2019

Montclair Film Festival 2019

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2019

Sydney Film Festival 2019

New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2019

And more...