A deeply personal and political documentary about the one-child policy in China, which was operative from 1979 to 2015. Promoted via widespread propaganda and maintained, among other things, through forced sterilization, the system prevented about 400 million births.
Director Nanfu Wang grew up during this period, and in the course of the documentary, she discovers how her own family suffered due to the policy. In a nuanced and captivating way, Wang investigates tragic individual destinies as well as the more widespread consequences for the next generation. One Child Nation gives new and thought-provoking insight into the one-child policy, how it was upheld and the ways in which it formed today’s China.
The documentary won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize Documentary Award and was Oscar-shortlisted for best documentary.