Film poster for "Leftover Women" with illustration of three woman standing in a group of men.
Film poster for "Leftover Women" with illustration of three woman standing in a group of men.
Modern Chinese women juggle love life with careers in a society that frowns on singlehood


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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Philadelphia Film Festival | SPECIAL JURY AWARD - EBS International Documentary Festival  | BEST EDITING + DIRECTING - DocAviv

Women's & Gender Studies • Economics & Labor • Asian Studies • Social Studies • Society & Culture • Social Issues • Sociopolitics • Human Rights • International Studies

Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 84 minutes​​ | Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript Directors & Producers: Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia Executive Producers: Mati Kochavi, Maya Kochavi, Adi Kochavi, Yona Wiesenthal & Vesna Cudic | Unavailable to China or Canada

With 30 million more men than women, social stability of China is under threat. LEFTOVER WOMEN is how the Chinese describe educated, cosmopolitan women who are not married and settled by the time they reach their mid-twenties. Through marriage markets, matchmakers, and government-sponsored dating events, the film follows three professionally successful women who, under immense pressure from their families and the government, are determined to find love on their own terms.

Film Inquiry
"If you want a perspective of women’s issues throughout the world, watch Leftover Women ... Films such as Leftover Women remind viewers that the fight for equality is not a problem confined to one country or community, but rather the world."

The Blue Lenses
"Leftover Women is captivating viewing that demands we think with intelligence and compassion of a world beyond our own experience."

Screen International
"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."

"The systematic disparagement and discrimination these women face is the subject of Leftover Women, an affecting new documentary"

Film Forward
"The intimate Leftover Women offers a portrait of the quest for love in contemporary China."

Unseen Films
"The chilling thing is that Leftover Women doesn’t necessarily represent a problem, but the dawning of one, a demographic cataclysm that sees no signs of going away."

Educational Media Reviews Online | Stephanie A. Diaz, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State - Behrend
Highly Recommended "Leftover Women would be an excellent addition to college-level Women and Gender Studies, Asian Studies, as well as other cultural studies courses.