Leftover Women

Directed by Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
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

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Sat 15 June
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam
Mi Shen, Jian Fan
Joelle Alexis
Documentary, Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Politics & Economics, Asia, Biography, Focus on Women, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: MetFilm Sales
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