Born as a second child at the time of the one-child policy, the filmmaker travels back to China. Can the disrupted relationship with his parents, who made a big sacrifice, be restored? Can the past finally be reconciled with?
As a ‘black child’ (the common Chinese expression for an illegally born, second child), filmmaker Louis Hothothot feels guilty towards his parents, who paid a substantial price for his existence. For his father, it also meant the end of his political career. The filmmaker returns to his roots, hoping to shed his feelings of guilt and restore the ties with his parents. But the past keeps haunting them, although Chinese people prefer to look at the future. For example, his family pushes Louis to get married and have children. As an uncle puts it: ‘Your father paid such a high price for you, he deserves it that you have a son.’
Gouden Kalf nominees
Beste Lange Documentaire (2022)