Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia’s LEFTOVER WOMEN enjoyed its Asian Premiere at the Shanghai International Documentary Film Festival in early June 2019
LEFTOVER WOMEN is how the Chinese government describes educated, cosmopolitan women who are not married and settled by the time they reach their mid-twenties. As each woman goes in search of “Mr. Right”, they have to struggle to stay true to their personal and professional ambitions, all the while burdened by pressures from their families, friends, and society. Through marriage markets, matchmakers, and government-sponsored dating events, the film follows three hopeful singles who are determined to find love on their own terms.
The film, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year, has already taken home the prizes of ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Editing’ at Tel Aviv’s Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival.
Following the film’s premiere in Australia at the Sydney Film Festival, the press has remarked:
“It’s a welcome insight into the travails of those who contend with pressure by no means singular to communities in China yet manifestly distinct within these families.” – 2ser 107.3
“The filmmakers show the stigma and almost stifling pressure placed on unmarried women by parents and wider conservative society.” – ABC Australia
“Feminists beware, this one’s a blood boiler” – Switch
For more on LEFTOVER WOMEN, see here.