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The Dying Rooms| 38mins
Director: Brian Woods & Kate Blewett | Producer: Brian Woods & Kate Blewett
Focus Years: 1995 | Country: United Kingdom
Subject Tags: asia, china, crime, europe, gender, human rights, united kingdom
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
In 1996, producers/directors Brian Woods and Kate Blewett uncovered the systematic neglect of abandoned babies in Chinese state-run orphanages. They found "dark rooms" where the weakest and least-liked children were deliberately left to die. These are known as "The Dying Rooms."
China’s one-child policy has created a race where most families desire boys, and therefore parents are forced to abandon their babies. Their unfortunate and tragic lives are left at the mercy of these orphanages where their sad fate is ultimately decided by the staff and ignored by the government. This is a film that nobody can ever forget or not find to be deeply touching. It has won numerous awards, including an American Emmy and Peabody Award, and has led to the creation of a charity, COCOA - Care of China's Orphaned And Abandoned - which is still striving today to improve conditions for China's orphaned and abandoned babies.

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