One Child Nation

One Child Nation

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm
Community Partner(s)
Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
China/US
2019
85 minutes

From 1979 to 2015, the Chinese government implemented a strict one-child policy, restricting families from having more than a single child in an attempt to curb a booming population. Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s deeply personal film exposes the collective trauma caused by the policy. Wang, a first-time mother, returns home to China to interview her family and uncovers harrowing stories of abandoned infant girls, state-forced sterilization, and twins separated at birth. While propaganda in the form of songs, posters, and large-scale performances permeate public space, One Child Nation bravely exposes decades of silence on the disturbing social experiment that impacted generations. -SC

“The film is a valuable record and a sober but frightening illustration of the dark side of this government-controlled experiment…. The bitter irony, after absorbing so much evidence of lives scarred or destroyed with no official accountability, is the shift since the policy was discontinued to a two child society in an effort to address the shortage of young people to look after China’s aging population. All traces of one child propaganda have been erased, replaced by images of happy families with two beaming kids apiece.” - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

WINNER, GRAND JURY PRIZE

SUNDANCE 2019

The Saturday, May 11 screening is part of the Justice Forum Series and will include a post-film discussion.