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All About My Sisters

All About My Sisters

In ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS, 22-year-old Wang Qiong boldly explores how her family’s troubled relationships intersect with the ongoing consequences of China’s one-child policy.

Having given birth to two girls, Qiong’s mother was desperate for a boy. Pregnant with Jin, her third daughter, she had a late-term abortion — but baby Jin survived. Jin’s parents abandoned her in the town and later in the woods, where she survived for a week, in the desperate hope another family could take her in. Jin’s paternal grandmother exhorted her son-in-law, Jin’s uncle, to bring her home and raise her on his farm. Years later, as a teenager, Jin returned to live with her birth family.

Not surprisingly, Jin’s relationships — with her parents, her sisters, her husband, and her own young son — are troubled. She is never at ease, never sure what she wants, never quite at home. Speaking to Qiong, Jin refers to their parents as “your parents” and to her siblings as “your family.” ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS observes the life of the family at a critical time: Jin and her husband launch a new business after going bankrupt; Li, the eldest daughter, is pregnant and will likely have an abortion if she learns she’s carrying another girl; and Sifan, the son Jin’s parents finally had, is failing at school while feeling guilty about Jin’s troubled dynamic with her birth family. 

Qiong set out to make ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS as a way to investigate family trauma. Her intimate, powerful interviews with her parents and siblings, and her steadfast eye for detail and telling moments, elevate the film from family history to a meditation on the brutal ramifications of the one-child policy at its peak.

“An astonishing feature debut. [Ms. Wang captures] vulnerability, joy, pain, and anguish with insight and delicate artistry. A major new voice in nonfiction cinema.”  —The New York Film Festival

“Watching Wang Qiong’s debut documentary All About My Sisters, I cannot help but wonder if Chinese film is entering a new stage in history.” —Reverse Shot

“A remarkable movie and a remarkable achievement. A panorama of family history entwined with a portrait of China in recent years. Seek this movie out!” —Robin Hood Radio "Films in Focus"

“Equally shattering is ‘All About My Sisters’, Wang Qiong’s brutally honest reckoning with China’s “one child” policy which, especially during the 1980s and ’90s, made abortion—even late into the third trimester—a deeply discomfiting fact for many families. Wang records her family for three hours of intimate, emotionally devastating reminiscences and confessions, showing how the thoughtless and irreversible edicts of Communist leadership played havoc with the very definition of family, and how Wang’s siblings, parents, and other relatives have come to terms with what decades of deceits, denials and admissions have wrought.” —Flip Side Reviews

“This shocking story results in a fearlessly honest documentary film in which the reality is in fact too painful for words, but is nevertheless shown to us in its full extent. Never before has the human shortcoming caused by the one-child policy been portrayed so grotesquely and at the same time so heartbreakingly.” —Guido van Oss, China Nu

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Main credits

Wang, Qiong (film director)
Wang, Qiong (film producer)
Wang, Qiong (director of photography)
Wang, Qiong (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Photography, sound and editing, Wang Qiong.


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Distributor subjects

dGenerate Films Collection - Documentaries
Asia
Women's Studies
China

Keywords

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