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Mothers

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Huijing XU 2013

In the Chinese village Ma, almost all of its women of child-bearing age are either sterilised or made to wear a birth control ring after having their first child. The one-child policy put into place 30 years ago has meant a series of legal repercussions, including penalties for extra children and what can only be described as «birth control policing».
Xu Huijing returns to his village to tailgate the government officials whose current job is playing cat-and-mouse with a woman who refuses to go through the sterilisation surgery.

Running Time: 68 min.
Subject(s): Asian Studies, Family, Gender, Health, Human Rights, Law and Justice, Society, Women
Language(s): Chinese
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Ben TSIANG
Editor(s): LIAO Ching-Sung, XU Huijing

Press

  • Variety
    Mind-boggling
  • DocGeeks
    Incredibly brave documentary...critical and original
  • Next Projection - MoMA Documentary Fortnight Review
    Most astonishing film... Huijing XU registers all the complexity and controversy of China's one-child-policy.

Festival Participation

  • CPH:DOX - 2013
  • IDFA
  • Chicago Film Festival - 2013
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Dokfest Muenchen
  • Chinese Documentary Festival Hong Kong
    second prize
  • Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival
  • Jeonju International Film Festival

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