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Elizabeth Perkins

'One Child' examines injustice at expense of personal pain

Like most things on the Sundance TV, Guy Hibbert's two-part miniseries "One Child" is artisanal television.

Well acted, concisely written, expertly steeped in mood and message, the program, which premieres Friday, is lush and slow and passionately ambitious. As with this year's "The Honorable Woman," it's also internationally political in a way that often divides the narrative from its main character.

In China, a wealthy young Chinese man murders a Nigerian club employee, and a student who witnessed the crime is arrested. Soon after, a Chinese reporter contacts Mei Ashley ("Harry Potter's" Katie Leung), a British college student, with the first...