Movies: One Child Nation, The Other Story, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Movie 1: One Child Nation

This is a remarkable documentary about China’s “one -child” policy in effect from 1979 to 2015. Moreover, this is a film about forced sterilizations, abortions, kidnappings and unknown numbers of newborns left to their deaths.

Be forewarned. This film is painfully difficult to watch. It unflinchingly exposes the systemic and institutional exportation of children to other countries. Mandarin and English with English subtitles.

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One Child Nation (March 29, 2019)

Release Date: March 29, 2019
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 85 min
Original Title: One Child Nation
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Amazon Studios
Through interviews with both victims and instigators, Nanfu Wang, a first-time mother, breaks open decades of silence on a vast, unprecedented social experiment that shaped — and destroyed — countless lives in China.

Crew One Child Nation

  • Nanfu Wang
  • Director
  • Nanfu Wang
  • Editor
  • Nanfu Wang
  • Director of Photography
  • Yuanchen Liu
  • Director of Photography
  • Zhang Jia-Ling
  • Director


Movie 2: The Other Story

Where to begin…First, it’s unique. It’s a film that is one part suspense, one part light comedy, one part tragedy and one part commentary on modern life in Jerusalem, Israel.

It’s filled with tension and conflict, confusion and angst. While it is a challenge to watch, it is also a rare peek behind the curtain to the current reality for many in Israel today. Hebrew with English subtitles (the subtitles flew by!).

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The Other Story (October 25, 2018)

Release Date: October 25, 2018
Starring: Yuval Segal, Sasson Gabai, Joy Riger, Maya Dagan
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 112 min
Original Title: סיפור אחר
Original Film Language: עִבְרִית
Production Companies: Metro Communications, MiLa Media
Tto rebellious young women - one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith; the other desperate to transcend her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom - cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences.

Cast The Other Story

  • Yuval Segal
  • Role: Yonatan Abadi
  • Sasson Gabai
  • Role: Shlomo Abadi
  • Joy Riger
  • Role: Anat Abadi
  • Maya Dagan
  • Role: Tali Abadi
  • Nathan Goshen
  • Role: Shachar
  • Maayan Blum
  • Role: 
  • Avigail Harari
  • Role: 

Crew The Other Story

  • Avi Nesher
  • Director
  • Avi Nesher
  • Writer
  • Noam Shpancer
  • Writer
  • Michel Abramowicz
  • Cinematography
  • Nathan Goshen
  • Musician

Movie 3: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Set in Mill Valley, Pennsylvania (and NOT our beloved Mill Valley, California) this inventive and effectively eerie film begins on Halloween night at a drive in theater.

It’s unique, clever, creepy, demonic with just the right amount of tension. It has all the right elements for the Mystery/Thriller PG-13 rating although we strongly feel this is not appropriate for children.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August 8, 2019)

Release Date: August 8, 2019
Starring: Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Dean Norris
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Runtime: 111 min
Original Title: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: The Sean Daniel Company, 1212 Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions, Entertainment One, CBS Films
The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It's in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah's spooky home.

Cast Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  • Zoe Colletti
  • Role: Stella Nicholls
  • Michael Garza
  • Role: Ramón Morales
  • Gabriel Rush
  • Role: Auggie Hilderbrandt
  • Dean Norris
  • Role: Roy Nicholls
  • Gil Bellows
  • Role: Chief Turner
  • Lorraine Toussaint
  • Role: Lou Lou
  • Austin Zajur
  • Role: Chuck Steinberg
  • Natalie Ganzhorn
  • Role: Ruth
  • Austin Abrams
  • Role: Tommy
  • Kathleen Pollard
  • Role: Sarah Bellows
  • Javier Botet
  • Role: 
  • Mark Steger
  • Role: Harold Scarecrow

Crew Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  • Jason F. Brown
  • Producer
  • Sean Daniel
  • Producer
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Producer
  • Roberto Grande
  • Executive Producer
  • Elizabeth Grave
  • Producer
  • Joshua Long
  • Executive Producer
  • André Øvredal
  • Director
  • Alvin Schwartz
  • Novel
  • Dan Hageman
  • Screenplay
  • Kevin Hageman
  • Screenplay
  • Rich Delia
  • Casting Director
  • Roman Osin
  • Director of Photography
  • Patrick Larsgaard
  • Editor
  • David Brisbin
  • Production Design
  • Patricia Larman
  • Set Decoration
  • Ruth Myers
  • Costume Design
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Screenstory
  • Patrick Melton
  • Screenstory
  • Marcus Dunstan
  • Screenstory
  • J. Miles Dale
  • Producer
  • Marco Beltrami
  • Original Music Composer
  • Anna Drubich
  • Original Music Composer

One thought on “Movies: One Child Nation, The Other Story, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

  1. One Child Nation is important documentary, although a real tragedy for the people of China. Definitely worth seeing and of course a film for adult audience.

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