ONE CHILD NATION
Director Jialing Zhang in attendance
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 nation 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. –Sarah Harris
Nanfu Wang is an Emmy®-nominated and Peabody-winning filmmaker. Wang’s feature debut HOOLIGAN SPARROW was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Since the film’s Sundance 2016 premiere, it has won over 20 awards internationally. Her second documentary, I AM ANOTHER YOU, premiered at SXSW and won two jury awards.
Jialing Zhang is a filmmaker based in Beijing and Massachusetts. She co-directed and edited COMPLICITY, a feature documentary that premiered at the 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Zhang's work as a producer has appeared on VICE, HBO, Fusion TV and The New York Times.