Fifty-year-old Zheng Wei is a retired English teacher living in Beijing's Dongcheng district. She and her husband experienced the Great Chinese Famine and living among the peasants during the "cultural revolution" (1966-76). Their 20s were difficult. In 1973, Zheng and her husband Ren Yongmao had their first and only child.
In 1999, their son was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma. The couple tried everything to find a cure, but faced extreme financial difficulties. The young man died in 2002. Zheng and Ren had envisioned old age with their son, but their dreams were crushed.
Millions of parents who have lost their only child grew up during the 10-year "cultural revolution". This turbulent period left them spending their teens or 20s without much purpose, so they wanted their children to experience life to the fullest. Losing their children has left many of them in despair.
Director / Sun Peng
Producer / Flora Yue