Leftover Women

Directed by Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
2019
Israel
84 minutes
Unclassified 15+
In China, if you’re a woman, over 27 and still single you are considered ‘leftover’. In this eye-opening film we meet three women on their quest to find a life partner.

In China, such women are called ‘sheng nu’. It doesn’t matter if they have successful careers and earn a decent wage, their achievements mean little if they don’t have a husband. In a country where 30-something men outnumber 30-something women by 20 million, the task shouldn’t be difficult. But finding Mr Right is riddled with anxiety – particularly when age-old chauvinism, family traditions and government intervention are involved. Co-directors Shosh Shlam (Web Junkie, SFF 2014) and Hilla Medalia follow three urban professionals – HuaMei, Min and Qi – as they attend gruelling marriage markets and government-sponsored dating festivals. Can they reconcile their personal desires with family and societal expectations?

An emotionally complex piece of personal portraiture that intimately reveals the extent to which traditional attitudes still dominate Chinese society regardless of its globalised surface.
John Berra, Screen International
Reveals how much at least some parts of society still expect women to accommodate what’s best for men.
Caryn James, Hollywood Reporter

Films showing at this event:

Little Miss Sumo
Female sumo wrestling champion Hiyori confronts obstacles both inside and outside the ring in an attempt to change Japan's national sport forever.

Tickets

Sat 15 June
12pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
4:40pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Supported By
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Israel
Language
In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Director
Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
Producer
Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam
Cinematographer
Mi Shen, Jian Fan
Editor
Joelle Alexis
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Politics & Economics, Asia, Biography, Focus on Women, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: MetFilm Sales
Cart
Clear Cart

Your cart is empty.

View over 500 sessions to find the right films and events for you!

Browse Program

Check out our list of films showing in your area

Browse Films

Donate Today
Help us bring you the best in cinema worldwide.
Booking Fee
$0
Subtotal
Total
Planner

Your planner helps you schedule your entire SFF experience. It shows sessions you've saved, purchased or added to your cart in a helpful timeline.

Sign in or register to save your planner!

Your planner is empty.

Use your planner to create your own, unique SFF experience

Browse Films & Events