Nanfu Wang: What it was like to grow up under China's one-child policy
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to be the pillar of the family.
its one-child policy.
and ordered my mom to be sterilized.
to carry on the family name.
to have a second child,
from one-child families.
for having two children.
and guilt came from.
I had my own first child.
that ever happened in my life.
on my own childhood,
my memories of early life in China.
for a permission from the government
who lived under the one-child policy.
a documentary about it.
all of the babies born in my village,
when I interviewed her.
you delivered throughout your career?"
would survive an abortion,
after delivering it.
of perpetrators and victims.
with the consequences.
my interview with the midwife,
with elaborate homemade flags.
of a baby on it.
that were sent by families
their infertility problems.
and sterilizations --
was to help families have babies.
families have babies,
what she did in the past.
she, too, was a victim of the policy.
and necessary for China's survival.
was right for her country.
around myself when I grew up.
the one-child policy
will be arrested.]
against disobeying it.
can be influenced by the propaganda,
to make sacrifices for the greater good
very dark and tragic.
where this happens.
where propaganda isn't present.
more open and free than China,
what propaganda looks like.
without our knowledge.
to accepting propaganda as truth,
replaces the truth
ABOUT THE SPEAKERNanfu Wang - Documentary filmmaker
Nanfu Wang uncovers untold stories about human rights in China.
Why you should listen
Nanfu Wang's Peabody Award-winning documentary, Hooligan Sparrow -- which follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan as she faces government surveillance and harassment after advocating for sexually abused schoolgirls -- was shortlisted for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. She also directed and produced I Am Another You, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and her latest film, One Child Nation, which explores the history of China's birth policy and its profound effects on generations of Chinese parents and children. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and a lack of access to formal education en route to earning three master's degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University and New York University. She teaches editing at the School of Visual Arts as well as cinematography at New York University.
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