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One Child Nation (2019)

Born in China (original title)
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After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

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Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang (as Zhang Lynn)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanfu Wang ... Herself
Zaodi Wang Zaodi Wang ... Herself
Zhimei Wang Zhimei Wang ... Himself
Tunde Wang Tunde Wang ... Himself
Xianwen Liu Xianwen Liu ... Himself
Huaru Yuan Huaru Yuan ... Herself
Shuqin Jiang Shuqin Jiang ... Herself
Peng Wang Peng Wang ... Himself
Zhihao Wang Zhihao Wang ... Himself
Shihua Wang Shihua Wang ... Himself
Guijiao Wang Guijiao Wang ... Herself
Yueneng Duan Yueneng Duan ... Himself
Meilin Duan Meilin Duan ... Herself
Brian Stuy Brian Stuy ... Himself
Longlan Stuy Longlan Stuy ... Herself (as Long Lan Stuy)
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First-time mother and filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China's One-Child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

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The Truth Beyond the Propaganda


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Rated R for some disturbing content/images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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USA

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Child Nation See more »

Filming Locations:

Jiangxi Province, China See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,523, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$270,128

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$271,841
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Chicago Media Project See more »
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Thought provoking and emotionally confronting
2 August 2019 | by Statler-WaldorfSee all my reviews

A deeply thought provoking and emotionally confronting look at some the people affected by, or tasked with enforcement of China's one child policy established in 1979. The narrative is mostly driven by the film maker's recollections of her experience, and interviews with her family and others in the area where she grew up.

Excellent film making, use of imagery, narration and examination of a number of different perspectives. Very sensitively approaching the subject, she was able to gently yet persuasively coax some truly shocking admissions of guilt from some of her interviewees. Be prepared for some awful images, but thankfully these scenes are not dwelt on for long as macabre voyeurism was not the intent, but to solidly make the point of what happened to many babies. The story told indicates that the one-child policy was implemented in a harsh, cruel, uncompromising and unforgiving way, although it seems the government eventually recognised the need to protect and find new homes via international adoption programmes for babies that were abandoned by their parents trying to avoid the harsh penalties that they would face.

The only criticism is that there is not much in the way of analysis of the reasons that led up to the point of the introduction of the policy in China. This was hinted at by interviews with her mother, but not much else. For an example of a country that should have, but hasn't introduced population control measures, take a look at India. There, they have well over 100 million people enduring appalling, squalid, miserable poverty and hundreds of millions more struggling daily to eke out a meagre existence. Religious dogma and lack of understanding about environmental impact regarding unrestrained human reproduction are at least partly to blame for the coming crisis of over-population in most parts of the world. If the human race is to avoid large scale wars over food, water and climate change induced migration in the next 30 years, then global population controls need to be carefully introduced and incentivised, but not the way the PRC did it. Seen at NZIFF Wellington by a parent of one child.


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