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Leftover Women

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

Israel | 85 MINUTES | Mandarin | English subtitles


“You are not beautiful…” a dating counselor bluntly states to 34-year-old Beijing lawyer Qiu HuaMei in a soul-crushing interview, while suggesting she lower her standards—finding an educated man who respects women is unrealistic. HuaMei is one of the millions whom the Chinese government labels sheng nu, “leftover ladies” who haven’t married by age 27. Similarly stymied are Xu Min, a 28-year-old who lives at home with her exacting mother who disapproves of her prospects, and 36-year-old Gai Qi, who is dating a younger man even though she knows that his family won't accept her.

China’s one-child policy has created an untenable situation for many stigmatized single women who are under immense pressure from society, from families afraid of losing face, and from a government desperate to maintain population numbers. Filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia explore this phenomenon, from the spectacle of awkward public dating contests and government sponsored matchmaking festivals to parents' marriage markets and excruciating family encounters. Leftover Women is a poignant and ultimately hopeful profile of three brave women seeking to define life and love on their own terms.

—Mimi Brody


Directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia

Shosh Shlam is an award-winning director and producer whose work includes Web Junkie, which screened at Sundance, and Last Journey Into Silence, which screened at the Kracow Film Festival. Hilla Medalia’s award-winning documentaries include Dancing In Jaffa (Tribeca) and The Go Go Boys (Cannes).
Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam
Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
Shen Mi, Fan Jian
Joelle Alexis
Ran Bagno
Executive Producer
Mati Kohavi, Adi Kohavi, Maya Kohavi, Yona Wiesenthal, Vesna Cudic
Associate Producer
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz
ZDF/ARTE, Yes Docu
US Distributor
Metfilm Sales
Stefanie Qiu Hua Mei, Iris Gai Qi, Kelly Xu Min


International Sales Contact
Vesna Cudic
MetFilm Sales
London, W5 5EP
Phone: +44 20 8280 9117
Print Source
Mariel Ostrower
Medalia Productions
Tel Aviv, 6511304
Phone: +972 52 3301334
US Sales Contact
Vesna Cudic
MetFilm Sales
London, W5 5EP
Phone: +44 20 8280 9117
Press Contact
Sylvia Desrochers
MPRM Communications
Los Angeles, 90036 CA
Phone: 2138402309