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The Kid in the Closet: This Short Film Will Touch Your Heart

What if I told you I have a brother that I hide in the closet, any time someone visits…

And that my brother doesn’t have ID, so he can never apply for a passport and leave the country he lives in?

And if he’s discovered, my parents will lose their jobs and their house, and pay fines of around $85,000?

I don’t think you would believe me

The Kid In The Closet.  (Image: Jay Wong/Zijing Wang)

The Kid In The Closet / Melodie Yingxiu Shen. (Image: Jay Wong/Zijing Wang)

It just doesn’t sound like it could be a reality. And it isn’t for someone who has grown up in the West, but in China this scenario is common, to the point that it’s actually become quite normal.

This is what happens under China’s single child policy. Have a read here to learn more about it.

Chinese Australian director Melodie Yingxiu Shen made this breathtakingly beautiful short film about a relationship between a sister and brother, growing up under China’s single child policy.

You can enjoy watching the full film here:

When 5-year-old Dodo is taken to the city to live with his parents, he finds it hard to fit into the new environment and is not welcomed by his sister Lily.

Gradually, Lily learns to become a caring sister to her illegal brother under the one-child policy.

Dodo is the second born and China has a single child policy. As a baby he was sent to the countryside to live with his grandparents, believing they were his real parents.  (Image: Jay Wong/Zijing Wang)

Dodo is the second born and China has a single child policy. As a baby he was sent to the countryside to live with his grandparents, believing they were his real parents. (Image: Jay Wong/Zijing Wang)

Melodie Yingxiu Shen was born in China in 1989. She studied film in Hong Kong and Beijing, before studying at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. The Kid In The Closet, which is based on true events, was her graduating film.

It’s worth mentioning the poetic cinematography by Linus Koh, and the impeccable soundtrack by Mitchell Wilson.

There is a wonderful ending which I won’t spoil for you! It’s a sign of a well-written story, where there is light within the dark.

Countryside. (Vimeo/Screenshot)

Countryside in China. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Lily arriving at the countryside to collect her brother. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Lily arriving in the countryside to collect her brother. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Government sign advertising the single child policy. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Government sign promoting the single child policy. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Distant siblings. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Distant siblings. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo is taken into the city to live with his real family but has to remain hidden. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo is taken into the city to live with his real family, but has to remain hidden. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Entering a new world for Dodo - the city. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Entering a new world for Dodo: the city. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Lily is unimpressed to share her bedroom with her brother. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Lily is unimpressed about sharing her bedroom with her brother. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Lily, jealous of her brother bullies him. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Jealous of her brother, Lily bullies him. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

An unexpected visit by the inspector. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

An unexpected visit from the inspector. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo is hidden in the closet while the inspector visits. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo is hidden in the closet while the inspector visits. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

The inspector letting the family know the consequences if they have more than one child in the house. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

The inspector letting the family know the consequences if they have more than one child in the house. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo peeking out of the closet. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo peeking out of the closet. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Families keep quiet they have a second child as the consequences are too huge. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Families keep quiet about the second child as the consequences are too huge. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

The inspector continues to let try to scare the family with the reality of what happens if you are caught pregnant with your second child as Lily has the heart to rescue the rabbit. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

The inspector continues trying to scare the family while Lily has the heart to rescue the rabbit. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo and Lily / Kid in the Closet (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Dodo and the rabbit. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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