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The film followed three surrogate mothers and documented their surrogacy process. The first surrogate is a woman from Beijing - Yuki. She tries to become a surrogate mother for Z, her same-sex partner, so that they can have children of their own. Irma and Amy are first time professional surrogates from the U.S., and both of their clients are from China.

  • Weichun Liu
    Director
  • Wenxin Shen
    Producer
  • Jalil Butron
    Cinematographer
  • Mengyu Jiang
    Assistant Director
  • Weichun Liu
    Editors
  • Wenxin Shen
    Editors
  • Lingyu Wu
    Editors
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    外包的生命
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    35 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 CNY
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Bilibili
    Country: China
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Weichun Liu

Director, editor, producer Weichun Liu is a Chinese-native film maker. She was born in Canton, China and majored in multi-media art design at Beijing Normal University. She's a self-taught film maker and currently works on short documentary and explainer of Chinese millennial and GenZ consumer trends for social media.

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Director Statement

This documentary explores current surrogacy industry through three personal stories, specifically those related to Chinese clients. It is told from three surrogate mothers' perspective, and try to understand the reasons behind their decisions to become one. Throughout the filming process, I start to understand both the surrogates and the clients, but also see the potential danger the surrogate may encounter. I do not support or oppose to surrogacy, but simply want to share those intimate stories to the audience and bring the topic to discourse on Chinese internet where such procedure is strictly illegal.