In order to expose rampant human-rights abuses, filmmaker WANG Nanfu fearlessly confronted Chinese government agents in her 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Hooligan Sparrow. Her goal in One Child Nation is no less daunting: unmask the tightly held secrets of China’s one-child policy and, in so doing, free the voices of millions irreparably harmed by the practice.For WANG Nanfu, now a first-time mother, investigating the policy of forcibly restricting family size spawns traumatic recollections from her own family’s recent past. These stories, in turn, unleash a dizzying number of revelations from journalists, officials, parents, and activists about the widespread enforcement of sterilization, child abandonment, and state-sponsored kidnappings. One of the most shocking and controversial documentaries of the year.
Nanfu WANG is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in New York. WANG’s feature debut, Hooligan Sparrow(2016), was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary feature. Her second feature documentary, I Am Another You, has made achievements at various film festivals around the world.
Jialing ZHANG is a filmmaker based in Beijing and Massachusetts. She co-directed and edited Complicit, a feature documentary that premiered at the 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Her major works include Complete(2017) and the documentary short When Last Tree Die(2013).