113min, Poland, 2021


Screenplay: Louis Hothothot

Cinematography: Louis Hothothot

Editor: Chris van Oers, Louis Hothothot, Albert Elings

Music: Harry de Wit

Producer: Pieter Van Huystee

Production Company: Pieter Van Huystee Film and Television, CNEX (in co-production with)


An intensely personal film about the destructive influence on a Chinese family of the one-child policy: Filmmaker Louis Hothothot (Louis Yi Liu) was born in China in 1986, as an “illegal” second child. The authorities punished his parents with a fine equal to three times the annual salary of his father, whose career was also torpedoed. The devastating consequences of his birth left Louis with a festering sense of guilt, and in his 20s he left for Amsterdam. Now, five years after last seeing his parents and sister, he visits them to unravel the family history.

Festivals and Awards:
Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature and the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film

Golden Calf Nominee for Best Documentary – Long, Nederlands Film Festival

Munich International Documentary Festival, Germany

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Amesterdam International Documentary Film Festival

Sheffield International Documentary Festival, England

Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea