One Child Nation

One Child Nation

One Child Nation

The underreported consequences of China’s One-Child Policy are exposed in this Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary.

"Launched in 1979 and ending only in 2015, China's mandatory policy was an attempt to curb the country's looming population crisis. Co-directors Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow) and Jialing Zhang grew up in 1980s China. As a child, Wang recalls seeing relentless propaganda reinforcing the government's strategy. Now a first-time mother living in America, she returns to China to investigate the devastating impact of the program. In shocking interviews with journalists, officials and family members, she documents a horrendous trail of social destruction, from forced sterilisation to child abandonment (nearly all girls) and state-sponsored kidnappings." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Documentary), 2019 Sundance Film Festival
2019Rating: M, Offensive language & content that may disturb88 minsUSAEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitles
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Nanfu Wang ('I Am Another You', 'Hooligan Sparrow')Zhang Jia-Ling ('Complicit')

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One Child Nation / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Soul-baring and furious, the documentary "One Child Nation" takes a powerful, unflinching look at China's present through its past.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The individual stories that make up "One Child Nation," illuminate an entire history of institutional corruption, medical brutality and pervasive misogyny.

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Vulture

Vulture

This sort of film calls for bracing yourself and keeping your eyes open. Funny how many of those there are these days.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A brilliant combination of cultural reporting and interpersonal reckoning ... manages to encapsulate decades of underreported events within a palatable narrative accessible to even to viewers with no prior understanding of the policy's history.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A startling account of collective trauma.

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