China's family planning policy, introduced in June of 1979, restricts urban couples from having more than one child. Through 2011, according to the government, it had prevented some 400 million childbirths. But it also left bereft mothers and fathers who lost their only child to illness or an accident -- and were too old to conceive again.
Parents who have lost their only child are known in China as shidu families. This disadvantaged and marginalized group numbers about a million and grow by 76,000 each year. This video series will present the challenges they face, such as their problems with finances, physical and mental health care, as well as struggles with government policies. These parents talk candidly about their stories and the efforts they've made to improve their lives.
Director / Sun Peng
Producer / Flora Yue