The winner of the jury prize at Sundance examines the human consequences of China's one-child policy.
The Chinese one-child policy is the world's largest social experiment. Nobody has volunteered to take part in it. Now that she has become a mother herself, the award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang has decided to examine its implications in depth, only to discover that they are almost infinite. Countless families have suffered from the state's policy of allowing one child per family, but few people know the extent and nature of the interventions. From sterilisation and kidnapping to propaganda and brainwashing, which spread between neighbours and even family members. Wang herself starts with her own family, and continues by interviewing journalists, parents, state employees and activists. The one-child policy was introduced in 1979 to prevent overpopulation, and even though it was repealed only a few years ago, it has had a tremendous impact on the vast country and on its inhabitants. The Sundance winner 'One Child Nation' is a film that breaks decades of silence with a bang.