One Child Nation

One Child Nation

February 09, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Nanfu Wang's boldly confrontational documentary goes beyond the slogan of China's longtime one-child policy to reveal a system of violence, corruption, propaganda and silence.


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 trauma from its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of a devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another—from abandoned newborns and forced sterilizations to 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. The result is a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization. D: Nanfu Wang, US, subtitled, 2019

“Densely informative yet always grounded in deep personal investment and clear-eyed compassion, this is a powerful indictment of a traumatic social experiment, made all the more startling by the success of the propaganda machine in making people continue to believe it was necessary.”

The Hollywood Reporter

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