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One Child Nation tells the urgent story of China’s “One-Child” policy and its impact on two generations of parents and children. This horrific social experiment, inspired by a population crisis in the 1980s, involved fraud and corruption on a massive scale, leaving its mark on a citizenry trained to revere its government above all other loyalties. A poignant moral lesson weaves through this investigative documentary directed by Nanfu Wang and Lynn Zhang.

Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A., Fri., Aug, 2, various showtimes; $9-$13. (310) 478-3836laemmle.com.

Also opening this week:

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Brian Banks, The Kitchen, Dora and the City of Lost Gold, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Ode To Joy, American Heretics, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, After the Wedding, Dying to Survive, Ecco, Every Time I Die, Jabariya Jodi, Light of My Life, Nektronic, The Peanut Butter Falcon, This Changes Everything, The Tracker