One Child Nation

Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Directors Guild of America
A stirring look at a nation that seeks to control the bodies of its women, while seeing them as second-class to men.


One Child Nation

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 documentarians 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 sterilization 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. One Child Nation is a stunning, nuanced indictment of the mindset that prioritizes national agenda over human life, and serves as a first-of-its-kind oral history of this collective tragedy - bearing witness to the truth as China has already begun to erase the horrors of its “population war” from public record and memory.
Documentary, Politics & World Affairs, Women and Film
English, Mandarin
Jialing Zhang, Nanfu Wang
Winner, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, Directors Guild of America
Richard Brody, New Yorker

This boldly confrontational and journalistically probing documentary, by the director Nanfu Wang, goes beyond the slogan of China’s longtime “one-child policy” to reveal the system of violence, corruption, propaganda, and silence on which it depended. Wang, who was born and raised in China and lives ...

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