Ma Ma de Cun Zhuang
MothersHuijing Xu // China // 2013 // 70 min // Original with English sub. // 15+

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In the Chinese village Ma, almost all of its women of childbearing age are either sterilized or made to wear a birth control ring after having their first child. The one-child policy put into place 30 years ago has meant a series of legal repercussions, including penalties for extra children and what can only be described as “birth control policing”. Xu Huijing returns to his village to tailgate the government officials whose current job is playing cat-and-mouse with a woman who refuses to go through the sterilization surgery. As Rong Rong is forced into hiding, we get a glimpse of the bureaucracy and statistics that strip away women’s right to bear children.

Born in Shanxi, Xu Huijing graduated in 2009 with a degree from Guangzhou Art Institute and has been working in independent image production ever since. Xu lived in a rural village until he turned 15. After that he worked as an interior and graphic designer. Xu started making documentaries in college and has also worked for the Southern Weekly Press.