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Directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 85 Minutes World Premiere
“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
About the Director(s)
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).

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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
  • Producer:
    Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam
  • Screenwriter:
    Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
  • Cinematographer:
    Shen Mi, Fan Jian
  • Editor:
    Joelle Alexis
  • Composer:
    Ran Bagno
  • Executive Producer:
    Mati Kohavi, Adi Kohavi, Maya Kohavi, Yona Wiesenthal, Vesna Cudic
  • Associate Producer:
    Sabine Bubeck-Paaz
  • Co-Producer:
    ZDF/ARTE, Yes Docu
  • Cast:
    Stefanie Qiu Hua Mei, Iris Gai Qi, Kelly Xu Min

  • Press Contact
    Sylvia Desrochers
    Big Time PR & Marketing
    Los Angeles, 90064
    Phone: 4242083496
  • 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
  • International Sales Contact
    Vesna Cudic
    MetFilm Sales
    London, W5 5EP
    Phone: +44 20 8280 9117


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