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
Starring: Jiaoming Pang, Brian Stuy, Longlan Stuy
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.

Cast One Child Nation

  • Jiaoming Pang
  • Role: 
  • Brian Stuy
  • Role: 
  • Longlan Stuy
  • Role: 

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, Austin Abrams
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Runtime: 108 min
Original Title: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: 1212 Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions, Entertainment One, CBS Films, Rolling Hills, Starlight International Media, Hivemind
Mill Valley, Pennsylvania, Halloween night, 1968. After playing a joke on a school bully, Sarah and her friends decide to sneak into a supposedly haunted house that once belonged to the powerful Bellows family, unleashing dark forces that they will be unable to control.

Cast Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  • Zoe Colletti
  • Role: Stella Nicholls
  • Michael Garza
  • Role: Ramón Morales
  • Gabriel Rush
  • Role: Auggie Hilderbrandt
  • Austin Abrams
  • Role: Tommy Milner
  • Dean Norris
  • Role: Roy Nicholls
  • Gil Bellows
  • Role: Chief Turner
  • Austin Zajur
  • Role: Chuck Steinberg
  • Natalie Ganzhorn
  • Role: Ruth Steinberg
  • Lorraine Toussaint
  • Role: Lou Lou
  • Kathleen Pollard
  • Role: Sarah Bellows
  • Deborah Pollitt
  • Role: Mrs. Steinberg
  • Victoria Fodor
  • Role: Mrs. Milner
  • Marie Ward
  • Role: Mrs. Hilderbrandt
  • Mark Steger
  • Role: Harold the Scarecrow / Pale Lady
  • Javier Botet
  • Role: Big Toe Corpse
  • Troy James
  • Role: Jangly Man
  • Will Corno
  • Role: Mechanic
  • Kyle Labine
  • Role: Deputy Hobbs
  • David Tompa
  • Role: Doctor
  • Karen Glave
  • Role: Claire Baptiste
  • Stephanie Belding
  • Role: Reception Nurse
  • Hume Baugh
  • Role: Deodat Bellows
  • Jane Moffat
  • Role: Delanie Bellows
  • Will Carr
  • Role: Ephraim Bellows
  • Amanda Smith
  • Role: Gertrude Bellows
  • Brandon Knox
  • Role: Harold Bellows
  • Rodrigo Fernandez- Stoll
  • Role: Drive-in Manager
  • Anna Fraser
  • Role: Actress
  • Alex Spencer
  • Role: Orderly #1
  • Matthew Smith
  • Role: Mr. Steinberg
  • Daniel Gravelle
  • Role: Letterman #1
  • Colton Gobbo
  • Role: Letterman #2
  • Ajanae Stephenson
  • Role: Lou Lou (8 Yrs.)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Richard Nixon
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)

Crew Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  • Marco Beltrami
  • Original Music Composer
  • David Brisbin
  • Production Design
  • Sean Daniel
  • Producer
  • Marcus Dunstan
  • Screenstory
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Producer
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Screenstory
  • Ruth Myers
  • Costume Designer
  • Roman Osin
  • Director of Photography
  • Brandt Gordon
  • Art Direction
  • Colin Penman
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Jacky Cheung
  • Co-Executive Producer
  • J. Miles Dale
  • Producer
  • J. Miles Dale
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Joshua Long
  • Executive Producer
  • Howard Paar
  • Music Supervisor
  • André Øvredal
  • Director
  • Rich Delia
  • Casting Director
  • Dan Hageman
  • Screenplay
  • Kevin Hageman
  • Screenplay
  • Mary Arthurs
  • Property Master
  • George Kraychyk
  • Still Photographer
  • Colin Hoult
  • Second Unit Director of Photography
  • Joe Dzuban
  • Sound Designer
  • Jill Purdy
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Dug Rotstein
  • Script Supervisor
  • J.R. Fountain
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Michael L. Hall
  • Gaffer
  • Patrick Larsgaard
  • Editor
  • Andrew Tay
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Cliona Furey
  • Hair Department Head
  • Patricia Larman
  • Set Decoration
  • Steve Hammond
  • Foley Artist
  • Myron Hoffert
  • First Assistant Director
  • Glen Gauthier
  • Sound Mixer
  • Regina Robb
  • Production Manager
  • Alvin Schwartz
  • Novel
  • Jason F. Brown
  • Producer
  • Roberto Grande
  • Executive Producer
  • Elizabeth Grave
  • Producer
  • Erika Schengili-Roberts
  • Sound Mixer
  • Greg Chapman
  • Sound Mixer
  • Geoff Hill
  • Special Effects Coordinator
  • Sorin Popescu
  • Set Designer
  • Tyler Delben
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Darren McGuire
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Etienne Gravrand
  • Set Designer
  • Anna Drubich
  • Original Music Composer
  • Alex Ginno
  • Executive Producer
  • Patrick Melton
  • Screenstory
  • Peter Luo
  • Executive Producer
  • Zhitang Chen
  • Co-Executive Producer
  • Michael Woroniuk
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Tyler Whitam
  • Sound Editor
  • Steve Medeiros
  • Sound Editor
  • Nic Osborne
  • Second Unit Director

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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