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One Child Nation

Directed by Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

China | Documentary | 85

14 Apr
Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm PT
15 Apr
Mon, Apr 15 at 6:00 pm PT
The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum
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Guests Expected

Co-director Jialing Zhang is expected to attend both screenings.


China ended its one-child policy in 2015, but the ramifications of the decades-long law are still reverberating throughout the country in traumatic and haunting ways. Inspired by the birth of her own son, co-director Nanfu Wang returns to her village where questions posed to family members about the policy lead to grim revelations about forced sterilization, property destruction, child abandonment, and human trafficking that were openly practiced. Chilling and complex, One Child Nation reveals the horrific measures taken by its citizens, fed by propaganda, that have long been covered up. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, US Doc.

“Balancing its investigative interests with its emotional outrage, the expansive story offers a nonetheless concise picture of this ‘population war.’ In a larger sense, it provides a stirring look at a nation that seeks to control the bodies of its women, while seeing them as second-class to men. Wang does not make any immediate comparisons to America, but the parallels are as obvious as they are significant.” – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

Co-director Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang followed an unusual path to filmmaking. Born in a rural village in Jiangxi Province, China, she dropped out of school at 12 in order to work to help support her family after her father died. Later, she was able to enroll in a vocational school and began teaching in a primary school at 16. At 22, a fellowship allowed her to study in a graduate program in English Language and Literature at Shanghai University. She later got a Master’s degree in journalism at Ohio University and another Master’s in documentary filmmaking at New York University. She made her feature debut in 2016 with Hooligan Sparrow, winning a Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award. Her second feature, I Am Another You (2017), captured the Chicken & Egg Award and a Special Jury Award for “Excellence in Documentary Storytelling” at the SXSW Film Festival

Co-director Jialing Zhang

Jialing Zhang received a Master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from New York University and is based in Beijing. As a freelance producer, she has worked for a variety of clients including the New York Times, Vice on HBO, and independent documentaries. In 2017, she co-directed Complicit (2017), her first feature.

Film Details

Year 2019

Language English, Mandarin

Runtime 85

Country China/USA

Director Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

Producer Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christoph Jörg, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn

Editor Nanfu Wang

Cinematographer Nanfu Wang, Yuanchen Liu

Music Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero