ONE CHILD NATION Documentary Films Free Screenings



Talent attending: Nanfu Wang (Director)

After becoming a first-time mother, filmmaker Nanfu Wang (HOOLIGAN SPARROW) reflects on her childhood in China, deciding to turn her camera on the experience and history of the country’s one child policy. From 1979 to 2015, China’s government enforced families to have one-child households, favoring male babies, as it waged a “population war.” With co-director Jialing Zhang, Wang thoughtfully examines the social and personal effects of state-enforced sterilizations, kidnappings, child abandonment and propaganda.

Winner of this year’s Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and the Grand Jury Prize at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, ONE CHILD NATION is a powerful and personal investigation into the silent, collective trauma of generations.

Nanfu Wang is an Emmy Award®-nominated and Peabody-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Wang’s feature debut, HOOLIGAN SPARROW, was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature and received two Emmy® nominations. Since its premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary has won more than 20 awards internationally, including a Peabody Award, a Cinema Eye Honor Award, the George Polk Award, an IDA Documentary Award and an Independent Spirit Award. Wang’s second feature documentary, I AM ANOTHER YOU, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2017 and won two special jury awards.

Jialing Zhang is an independent filmmaker based in Beijing and Massachusetts. She is the co-director and editor of COMPLICIT, a feature documentary that follows the journey of a benzene-poisoned Chinese migrant worker who takes on the global electronic manufacturing industry. The film premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London in 2017. Zhang also freelances as a local producer for various programs and media including Vice on HBO, Fusion TV and The New York Times.

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Country: China, USA

Year: 2019

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

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

Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Ken Pelletier

Directors of Photography: Nanfu Wang, Yuanchen Liu

Editor: Nanfu Wang

Music: Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero

Running Time (minutes): 89 min

Languages: English, Mandarin