2020 / One Child Nation from Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

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.

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. 

Nanfu Wang is a Chinese filmmaker based in New York City. She directed, produced, filmed, and edited feature documentaries Hooligan Sparrow (Sundance 2016, shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best documentary feature), I Am Another You (SXSW 2017, Special Jury Prize winner), and One Child Nation (Sundance 2019, Grand Jury Prize Winner, released by Amazon Studios and shortlisted for the 2020 Academy Award for Best documentary feature).

Jialing Zhang is an independent Chinese filmmaker based in Massachusetts. She co-directed and produced Emmy-Award-nominated ONE CHILD NATION (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, 2019) & COMPLICIT (Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2017).  She has won numerous awards including Tim Hetherington Award from Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and Grand Jury Prize from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She was nominated for a PGA award and a DGA award in 2019. She holds a master’s degree from NYU.

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