After a massive earthquake razed a Chinese city to the ground, thousands of parents are encouraged to replace the children they lost, so they can move on with their lives. BORN TO BE SECOND follows two of these families for over a decade. Haunted by fear, resentment, and unspeakable grief, the families find hope beyond their intergenerational trauma to build towards an uncertain tomorrow.

The film is supported by Sundance Institute, NHK, and Tencent.