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Netherlands, Germany / 2017 / 80min / Chinese / Laetitia Schoofs
Female sexual politics in China today, are explored under threats of opaque controls and social dogma. An intimate portrait women of different generations in Beijing today who discover their sexuality and are immersed in a personal struggle to take control of their lives in a rapidly-changing society dogged by tradition. The film centres on Xiao (50) who was widowed several years ago and is restarting her life, and 32-year-old writer Wen Wen - officially known as a ‘leftover’, a term used in China since 2007 for single, childless women over 27. They are considered a social problem because, despite the fact that many are highly educated and attractive, today’s Chinese males fear their strength and intellect. Sexual psychologist Hongli Zhen, an expert on recent developments in Chinese society provides commentary and context. She gives sex workshops that encourage women – including the two women – to see their sexuality differently, and use techniques that make them happy. Hongli is our guide through the world of today’s China’s sexual revolution.
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