Watched One Child Nation this evening.
The One Child Policy was hugely de-humanising on a scale only possible in a totalitarian state which juveniles over a billion people through thought control, violence and fear.
It is a hugely poignant documentary especially in the simple manner it discusses the cruel impact of the policy on girls.
One Family Planning officer, now wracked with guilt at the thousands of abortions, many of them forced, she had performed charitably offers fertility advice to help create life after earlier extinguishing it.
An extended family talk about their attempts to get rid of unwanted girls born the wrong sex in a society which demands a son. An uncle is overcome with emotion remembering leaving his daughter in a basket in a market, but having no one show pity or care and how the tiny bundle of life died of exposure two days later untouched; another aunt laments handing her daughter to smugglers never to be seen again.
An artist, who started his career photographing rubbish strewn in Chinese gutters discusses how his artistic career changed direction when one pile of trash he found to photograph contained an aborted corpse. He then spent his career documenting this human waste thrown carelessly away in a society which traditionally respected and buried bodies with multiple rites.
He is chilling talking how years of indoctrination are needed to persuade young nurses to become mass practitioners of death.
集体利益高于一切 Jítǐ lìyì gāo yú yīqiè The collective above all else
个人服从集体 Gèrén fúcóng jítǐ The individual submits to the collective
党是不会错的 Dǎng shì bù huì cuò de The Party is infallible
A younger brother sneaked through against the rules is wracked with guilt that his elder sister was refused education so he could receive his, while old men glory boys for carrying on the family name while women leave to join another patriarchy.
Then child smugglers who took abandoned babies from streets and bins and desperate mothers to sell them to orphanages tell their tales - imprisoned by the state and mingling their tale of monetary greed with a care for the bundles they passed on to be adopted by rich foreigners.
A family tells of officials, desperate not to exceed their quota of births, kidnapping new borns and if the family does not pay up selling the child once again to be adopted abroad. A twin cries for her missing sister and hopes she is happy far far away, eventually reunited via the internet.
An adoptee American dedicates his life reuniting children adopted in good faith as orphans with the families they were torn from.
The film ends with the documentary maker noting the irony that they had left one country which forces people to have abortions to go to live in another country which is working to restrict women's rights to abortion - both desiring to take away an individual's right to decide how to control their bodies.
I am very lucky in that I've never been placed in a situation where I had no choice but to do evil. Person after person in the documentary admits a brutal state and mass poverty again and again resulted in indifference, acceptance, even agreement with a policy which was dehumanising and had terrible consequences for millions of mothers whose only crime was wanting a child; all approved by smiling propagandists, who threatened any one who disagreed with the void.
We need to remember this evil and the Party who still control China who infallibly thought it good.