China’s Forgotten Daughters is a character-driven documentary exploring the long-lingering impact of China’s controversial one-child policy. Through the intimate journeys of two women who search for the families that abandoned them decades ago and a passionate volunteer who attempts to facilitate these reunions, viewers are given insight into the deep wounds that China’s national planning policies wrought on ordinary citizens.
It was not until after the death of her foster mother that Cai started looking for her biological parents. She is one of the “forgotten daughters,” abandoned children under the Chinese one-child policy. In 2017, she is finally reunited with her birth father. What change would it bring on her relationship with her foster parents?
Cai Fengxia, who has been looking for her birth parents for 12 years, and is fortunate enough to track her parents down through an NGO that helps people trace their biological parents with DNA. However, the reunion brought Cai disappointment rather than joy, as what she found was not what she expected. On top of that, the cultural and language barrier also added to the divide. How would her new family relationship evolve?