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106 Ratings

One Child Nation

Directed by Nanfu Wang, Zhang Jialing
China, United States, 2019


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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One Child Nation Directed by Nanfu Wang, Zhang Jialing

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2019 | Winner: Grand Jury Prize (U.S. Documentary Competition)



Directors Guild of America

2020 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

There’s the personal, there’s the political, and then there’s the kind of story that Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s One Child Nation, out now, tells—the kind that dissolves the distinction.
August 19, 2019
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Edited with exceptional clarity and economy.
August 14, 2019
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This quietly devastating document is so powerful precisely because it avoids being sensational or overtly critical.
August 13, 2019
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