One Child Nation

Directed by Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
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

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Jialing Zhang


Fri 7 June
State Theatre
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Sun 9 June
Event Cinemas George St 3
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International Documentaries, Festival Guests
Unclassified 15+
China, USA
In English and Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christoph Jorg, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Nanfu Wang, Yuanchen Liu
Nanfu Wang
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Women Directors, Asia, Biography, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women
Company Credits
World Sales: Dogwoof
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