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HRWFF 2020: Leftover Women

HRWFF 2020: Leftover Women

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Followed by Q&A with Dr. Sun Jinyu, writer on gender issues in China and Hong Kong.

In China, unmarried women over the age of 27 are deemed "sheng nu" or "leftover". As an effect of the now-defunct one-child policy there are 30 million more men than women, leaving single women under immense social pressures to marry, and fast, or be rejected from society.

Public dating contests, "marriage markets" where city sidewalks are lined with parents advertising their children's attributes, and government-sponsored matchmaking festivals are just some of the humiliating ordeals that unwed women face.

This eye-opening documentary follows three women in their gruelling quest to find a husband, weighing the cost of family and society’s approval against their own chances of happiness.


Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia



Running Time:

85 minutes


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