One Child Nation

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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.


Critic Reviews for One Child Nation

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

  • A stirring look at a nation that seeks to control the bodies of its women, while seeing them as second-class to men.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • A startling account of collective trauma.

    Jan 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Personal impacts from China's ruthlessly enforced "one child policy"...Interviews reveal... females "missing" since 1979...amidst pervasive propaganda. ..and negative forces.

    Jul 2, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • The word important and all its synonyms are overused when describing any film with social and political themes but One Child Nation truly merits all the adjectives.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A muddle of confused half-messages which reach for and fall slightly short of an admirable goal.

    Jun 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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