One Child Nation

Directed by Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
2019
China, USA
85 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The underreported consequences of China’s One-Child Policy are exposed in this utterly compelling documentary. Grand Jury Prize winner, Sundance 2019.

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, 2016) 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. Wang and Zhang's important and uncompromising documentary challenges widespread assumptions.

Q&A: Jialing Zhang, screens in Sydney Town Hall on Friday 7 June, 4.00 pm.

Simultaneously intimate and wide-reaching.
Peter Debruge, Variety
A brilliant combination of cultural reporting and interpersonal reckoning...manages to encapsulate decades of underreported events within a palatable narrative accessible even to viewers with no prior understanding of the policy's history.
Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Special Guest

Jialing Zhang
Director

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Fri 7 June
1:45pm
Selling Fast State Theatre
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Sun 9 June
4:30pm
Selling Fast Event Cinemas George St 3
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
China, USA
Language
In English and Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Director
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
Producer
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christoph Jorg, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Cinematographer
Nanfu Wang, Yuanchen Liu
Editor
Nanfu Wang
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Asia, Biography, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women
Company Credits
World Sales: Dogwoof
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