London-based film sales agent and theatrical distributor Dogwoof has acquired the international rights to Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s Sundance-bound documentary One Child Nation.
The forthcoming feature-length film follows first-time mother and Hooligan Sparrow filmmaker Wang as she travels to her homeland to expose the untold history of China’s One-Child policy and reveals myriad instances of kidnapping, forced sterilization, infanticide, induced late term abortions and child abandonment.
One Child Nation utilizes intimate interviews with officials, journalists, activists, artists and Wang’s family to bring to light the consequences of one of the world’s largest social experiments.
The film will have its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival this month.
Under the deal, Dogwoof will take international rights excluding North America and television rights in Scandinavia, the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
It was co-produced by ITVS – WDR/ARTE, with SVT, VGTV, DR, BBC, and EO.
“The One-Child policy has shaped generations of people’s lives. Its effects have rippled across the world,” said Wang in a statement. “Dogwoof has such an amazing track record of introducing films to wide international audiences. We’re thrilled to work with them to bring One Child Nation to the world.”
“The film offers a powerful look at a truly shocking chapter of recent Chinese history and is made so much more effective by Nanfu’s signature personal touch,” added Oli Harbottle, head of distribution and acquisitions at Dogwoof. “We look forward to introducing the film to buyers at the European Film Market off the back of its Sundance world premiere.”