Yangtze Daughters

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China’s one-child policy has taken a toll on thousands of households and millions of individuals since its implementation in 1979. Amplified by gender bias and poverty, penalties imposed by the policy were reason enough for families to give up their daughters in hope of having sons, leaving thousands of baby girls without homes.

Now, these abandoned daughters are searching for their long-lost parents, over decades and across provinces. Yangtze Daughters tells the story of one lost daughter’s impassioned search for her birth family, and the human cost of the one-child policy that has lasted for generations.

Director Han Meng / Vincent Du
Location China
Duration 28 min.
Genre Human Interest / Social Isuue
Air Date (JST) Mon., Jul. 9, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Apr. 23, 2018

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Director

Han Meng

Han Meng

Biography

HAN Meng is a Beijing-based filmmaker. She had previously worked as a journalist in China for more than 10 years. Her interests and her work are focused on women’s and children’s rights. Recent works by Han Meng include the photo essay Chinese Adoptees at Home in America, published in the New York Times and South China Morning Post, and Finding the Women at China’s Big Meetings, published in the China File of the Asia Society. In 2014, she received the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She is also the author of a chapter in Unaffordable Home Return, a photo book published in 2014.

Filmography

China's Forgotten Daughters, co­director, 2017, Hong Kong Documentary Initiative & CNEX
China's Lost and Found Daughters, co­director, 2017, Al Jazeera English

Director

Vincent Du

Vincent Du

Biography

Vincent DU’s documentary, China's Little Rock Star, won the British One World Media Award 2013, and was aired on Al Jazeera in 2013. His other projects for Al Jazeera include China's Lost and Found Daughters (2017), For My Blue Brothers (2014), and African Business in China (2015), in the capacity of director and/or cinematographer. His socially-critical, documentary-style fiction film Five to Nine (2015), co-produced with three other Asian directors, has been screened at the Singapore International Film Festival, Osaka Asian Film Festival, and Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival. He was also selected as a Berlinale Talent at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival 2014. Vincent received his master’s degree in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London with the Chevening scholarship from the British government. He also has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Vincent now teaches documentary at Tianjin Normal University in China. Vincent’s website is www.vincentdu.com.

Filmography

China’s Mega Projects, season 3, episode director, 2017, China Central Television
China's Forgotten Daughters, co­director, 2017, Hong Kong Documentary Initiative & CNEX
China's Lost and Found Daughters, co­director, producer, 2017, Al Jazeera English
Five to Nine, co­director and co­producer, 2015, Worm Wood Films
African Business in China, cinematographer,2015, Al Jazeera English
China: For My Blue Brothers, cinematographer, 2013, Al Jazeera English
China’s Little Rock Star, director, producer, cinematographer, 2013, Al Jazeera English

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