Millions of Chinese Kids Are Parenting Themselves

For generations, Wang Ying’s family farmed the misty mountains of Liangshan, one of China’s poorest regions. But now, the 14-year-old girl lives without her parents—she is the main caretaker of her two younger siblings. They are among an estimated 9 million “left-behind children” living alone or in the care of relatives in the Chinese countryside.

Max Duncan’s quietly poignant short documentary Down from the Mountains tells the story of a family torn apart by the forces of

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