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One Child Nation (2019)

Born in China (original title)
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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 9 wins & 45 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

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

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Nanfu Wang: But I want that decision to be my own. I'm struck by the irony that I left a country where the government forced women to abort and I moved to another country where the governments restrict abortions. On the surface they seem like opposites, but both are about taking away women's control of their own bodies.
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Critique of the One-Child policy told through the people who lived it
18 November 2019 | by gabethurauSee all my reviews

To me, the One-Child policy made sense when I was younger and didn't know any better. Fix overpopulation and hearken Malthus by limiting household size. Easy, right? This wasn't America after all; individual liberties are fewer in Communist China...because...isn't it for the good of the collective and not the individual? To my understanding, most of the Chinese were just banding together and willingly sacrificing for their country.

The movie paints an entirely different picture. Yes, there were those believed they were rightful functioning as an extension of the Red policy. Yet, almost every single person that Wang interviews had to preface recollections of the forced sterilizations and abortions with four haunting words: "I had no choice."

This movie investigates the intersect between acting willfully for your country and its opposite: being forced to do what are considered "necessary evils" for the longevity of the country.

Wang is skeptical that any of this suffering needed to happen to begin with. She provides a counter-narrative to the Communist state, wondering if the mountains of abandoned girl babies were left to die in vain. In retrospect, the policy's dubious reasons point more towards a mindless allegiance to leadership than any saving grace from starvation. That's how the movie is presented, at least.

Definitely worth the watch.

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Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Jiangxi Province, China See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,523, 11 August 2019

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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