One Child Nation (Prime)

It’s an award-winning expose of China’s former One Child policy that limited most families to one child – and that led to the abandonment and deaths of countless baby girls. That’s because Chinese culture has a strong preference for boys. The policy was enforced from 1979–2015, sparking a major demographic gender imbalance. (One man in the film says he helped rescue 10,000 abandoned baby girls who were then adopted out of the country.) It also led to government-approved forced abortions and sterilizations. Nanfu Wang, who grew up in China, directed the film. One Child Nation isn’t for small children – adult content includes pictures of unborn babies, discussion of infanticide, and two f-words in subtitles – but for older family members, it’s eye-opening. It joined the Prime lineup late last year.

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