The Dying Rooms

The Dying Rooms is an award winning film which was released in 1995, it is an undercover examination of Chinese state run orphanages which have seen a sharp rise in abandoned babies since 1978, this was when China introduced the “one-child policy”.

The one-child policy was put in place in an attempt to control the rapid growth in population as it meant most families could only have one child. Although if the first child was a girl or born with an illness the parents were allowed to apply for a second, of which few applications were approved. The policy is now being phased out but at the time many parents would abandon their unwanted children, leaving them to these orphanages.

The ‘orphanages’ however were hellish places where staff would leave children in rooms to die of thirst, or starvation. Denied by the government, this film made it it’s mission to uncover the truth and over the course of two years Kate Blewett, Brian Woods and Peter Woolrich all pretended to work in the orphanages whilst filming and what they found was truly shocking.

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  1. want to do anything great time in guardian film watch., the year cominf general time in great ducomentry we needing,,,

  2. I watched this original documentary many years ago when it was first aired on TV and the images of those poor children still haunt me to this day R.I.P. Sweet babies xx

  3. There’s noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made certain good factors in options also.

  4. this was terrible

  5. the dead reporting on the dead. america or the bbc are as bad but in different ways. hell to pay, not a wise one found…

  6. I can’t watch this !

    • I wish I hadn’t. Broke my heart. Its so wrong. Horrible, just horrible. I hope they have been shut down or drastically changed since. Who ever is responsible for running the disgustingly cruel orphanages, should be thrown behind bars and treated as such!