China 21

A portrait of a new generation raised under China's “One Child Policy.”

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APT Presentation
Premiere Date
May 1, 2003
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects

Ruby Yang

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The Film

Twenty-one years after a 1979 Chinese government move to limit population growth, China 21 tracks a generation of young adults from small families — one child in the city, two in the country. Filmed without customary government supervision, the film records rare and honest portraits of ordinary people whose spark, innovation, and curiosity is changing their country.