Amazon Studios has released the first trailer for the socially devastating “One Child Nation,” a documentary about the traumatic aftermath of China’s one-child policy.
The film world premiered at Sundance Film Festival, where it secured the Grand Jury Prize, and has since been making the rounds in fests throughout the country, including Sarasota, Montclair, Tribeca and Seattle. Directed by Nanfu Wang (“I Am Another You”) and Jialing Zhang (“Complicit”), the documentary confounds all sides of the human issue; the one that battles the traditional impediments, the accounts of those who’ve suffered by the policy firsthand and those who’ve worked in hand with the government.
The synopsis from Amazon Studios:
China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another – from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions. Wang digs fearlessly into her own personal life, weaving her experience as a new mother and the firsthand accounts of her family members into archival propaganda material and testimony from victims and perpetrators alike, yielding a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization.
One Child Nation is a stunning, nuanced indictment of the mindset that prioritizes national agenda over human life, and serves as a first-of-its-kind oral history of this collective tragedy – bearing witness to the truth as China has already begun to erase the horrors of its “population war” from public record and memory.
“One Child Nation” is produced by Chicago Media Group and is being distributed by Amazon Studios. The documentary rolls into theaters August 9. Check out the trailer below.