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  • ONE CHILD NATION opens Friday, August 9.

ONE CHILD NATION

12:30   2:25   4:20   6:15   8:10   10:10

Opens Friday, August 9 for an ongoing engagement Closed Caption Available

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DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY NANFU WANG & JIALING ZHANG

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.

Presented with support from the Richard Brick, Geri Ashur, and Sara Bershtel Fund for Social Justice Documentaries

USA    2019   89 MINS.    IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES    AMAZON STUDIOS

Reviews

“...powerful… I haven’t been able to shake ONE CHILD NATION, an essential, often harrowing exploration of China’s decades-long one-child policy, which officially ended in 2015… At once an insistently feminist memoir and a far-reaching social critique… the movie evolves into an unsparing rebuke of totalitarian rule.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“More horrific than any movie in the Midnight section [at Sundance Festival] Wang’s film investigates the lasting effects of China’s one-child policy, which was instituted in the late 1970s… Wang and her co-director Jialing Zhang investigated… totalitarian state control of women’s bodies… A film about choice but implicitly it’s also about propaganda.”
– Amy Taubin, Film Comment

“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.”
– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A brilliant combination of cultural reporting and interpersonal reckoning.”
– Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Q&As with Jialing Zhang, Co-Director of ONE CHILD NATION

Friday, August 9, 8:10 show

Saturday, August 10, 8:10 show

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