I wish there was a little more context to the events unfolding on screen—I got a little confused with "registrations" and "residencies". But the game of cat and mouse that government workers play with the women in order to fill their quota of sterilizations was a chilling, bizzarre reflection on the inhumanity of bureaucracy, and the religious devotion to the brutality that an ideologue state requires from citizens.
I found "Mothers" directed by Hui Jing Xu to be both very interesting and emotional. I thought the cinematography was great and the acting was strong. The plot line was interesting considering the over population in China currently and their take on it. It is definitely clear from the beginning that the one child law has a special impact to each of the characters. As an American woman, it's difficult to imagine.
I was almost unable to complete watching this film because it made me really anxious. The people tasked with tracking mothers down and persuading them to get sterilized don't even fully believe in the policy, but they feel pressured to meet quotas given to them. This means that we follow them about their days, watching them harass and threaten people. Yuck. It was informative, but it was like movie viewing as trial.