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One Child Nation (2019)



Critic Consensus: As illuminating as it is accessible, One Child Nation probes a painful chapter in Chinese history with piercing clarity.

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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.


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Grand atrocities pile atop private heartbreak as this powerful film unfolds.

December 18, 2019 | Full Review…

What eventually emerges is a peerless portrait of collective trauma - a devastating look at how this law not only sociologically gutted a country but made everyone complicit in the crime.

December 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[A] powerful documentary...

September 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[A] houghtful and sobering dissection of the human toll of government rule.

August 28, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Wang hopes her film will serve to bear witness to the suffering of this shameful period, now being purged from the collective memory with "Nineteen Eighty-Four"-like efficiency.

August 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As a rule, talking heads do not make for compelling film. But such heads, and such talk.

August 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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