“The One,” a Documentary About the Repercussions of China’s One-Child Policy
China’s one-child policy was passed in 1979 as an effort to control the population. Since then, a new generation of only-children have grown up to change the culture of China. The One is a look at that generation and the affects the policy has had on them. The short documentary interviews several people who share their experiences growing up as the only child. Most of them admit that being the only child was lonely and made them more selfish as adults, while others say the policy has had no affect on their lives and was better for them. The film doesn’t really try to force a specific agenda on the debate. Instead, the film simply operates as a vehicle for those who want their voices to be heard, whatever side they’re on.