After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.


Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang (as Zhang Lynn) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 10 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanfu Wang ... Self
Zaodi Wang Zaodi Wang ... Self
Zhimei Wang Zhimei Wang ... Self
Tunde Wang Tunde Wang ... Self
Xianwen Liu Xianwen Liu ... Self
Huaru Yuan Huaru Yuan ... Self
Shuqin Jiang Shuqin Jiang ... Self
Peng Wang Peng Wang ... Self
Zhihao Wang Zhihao Wang ... Self
Shihua Wang Shihua Wang ... Self
Guijiao Wang Guijiao Wang ... Self
Yueneng Duan Yueneng Duan ... Self
Meilin Duan Meilin Duan ... Self
Brian Stuy Brian Stuy ... Self
Longlan Stuy Longlan Stuy ... Self (as Long Lan Stuy)


First-time mother and filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China's One-Child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

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The Truth Beyond the Propaganda

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing content/images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Nanfu Wang: There was such a shared sense of helplessness, it reminded me when every major life decision is made for you for all your life, it's hard to feel responsible for the consequences.
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I expected a broader perspective
27 April 2020 | by honghSee all my reviews

I don't like Communist China and many of its policies, including one child policy. I have the same overall view as the documentary. However, to make a more powerful documentary, they should have applied more scientific storytelling method and interviewed people from broader range of background. Moreover, the film should have involved less of her family and relatives to make it more objective.

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Child Nation See more »

Filming Locations:

Jiangxi Province, China See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,523, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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