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Year 2019
Runtime 89 mins
Language Chinese
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
Through vérité footage and raw interviews, this award-winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary is a fearless exposé that unmasks the wrenching costs to millions of families of China's infamous "one-child policy.”

Although the law that limited Chinese couples to a single child ended in 2015, its effects will echo for generations. A social experiment meant to benefit a nation economically and environmentally also resulted in brutal enforcement and lasting trauma. As a new mother and a child born under this policy, award-winning director Nanfu Wang approaches family members and state authorities to uncover the truths that lay buried, blending archival propaganda material with current testimonial into an essential record that cannot be erased and should never be forgotten.

As a follow up to the critically acclaimed HOOLIGAN SPARROW and I AM ANOTHER YOU, ONE CHILD NATION firmly establishes Wang as one of the 21st century’s most important documentary filmmakers.


China United States
Sundance Film Festival - Winner Grand Jury Prize
Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Ken Pelletier
Carolyn Hepburn, Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman, Christoph Jörg
Nanfu Wang, Yuanchen Liu
Nanfu Wang
Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero