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One Child Nation


In order to expose rampant human-rights abuses, filmmaker Nanfu Wang fearlessly confronted Chinese government agents in her 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Hooligan Sparrow. Her goal in One Child Nation is no less daunting: unmask the tightly held secrets of China’s one-child policy and, in so doing, free the voices of millions irreparably harmed by the practice.

For Wang, now a first-time mother, investigating the policy of forcibly restricting family size spawns traumatic recollections from her own family’s recent past. These stories, in turn, unleash a dizzying number of revelations from journalists, officials, parents, and activists about the widespread enforcement of sterilization, child abandonment, and state-sponsored kidnappings.

With chilling clarity, Wang’s new documentary reveals how relentless propaganda brainwashed and terrorized countless Chinese citizens into committing unspeakable crimes against fellow villagers and family members. Through interviews with both victims and instigators, along with revelatory data regarding the sheer number of abandoned children (nearly all of them infant girls), One Child Nation breaks open decades of silence on a vast, unprecedented social experiment that shaped—and destroyed—countless lives.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 85 min

LANGUAGE English and Mandarin

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

EMAIL wangnanfu1216@gmail.com

PHONE (740) 856-5713


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Artist Bio

Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in New York. Wang’s feature debut, Hooligan Sparrow (2016 Sundance Film Festival), was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary feature. It also won a Film Independent Spirit Award, an IDA Documentary Award, a Peabody Award, a Cinema Eye Honors Award, and the George Polk Award. Her second feature documentary, I Am Another You, won two special jury awards.

Jialing Zhang

Jialing Zhang is a filmmaker based in Beijing and Massachusetts. She co-directed and edited Complicit, a feature documentary that premiered at the 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Zhang's work as a producer has appeared on VICE, HBO, Fusion TV, and the New York Times.