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
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.
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.