Visit facebook.com/HumanRightsWatch Sunday 24 May 20:30 for a live Q&A with filmmakers Hilla Medalia & Shosh Shlam, Yaqiu Wang, China Researcher, HRW, moderated by Gali Gold, Head of Cinema, Barbican
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 single 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.