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Winner of the IDFA silver Wolf in 2002, the extraordinary film ‘The secret of my success’ gives unique insight into China’s first attempts at the politics of democracy and the realities of the one child policy. Policy meets practice in Fanshen, a rural village in northeast China. Fanshen is about to hold its village council elections. One of the leading candidates is Mr Lu who also happens to be a birth control official. Not only his credibility but also his job is at stake when an illegally pregnant woman disappears.