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Fallen Flowers, Thick Leaves

Netherlands,Germany | 2017 | 80 min | Chinese | Laetitia Schoofs

Female sexual politics in China today are explored under threats of opaque controls and social dogma. An intimate portrait of women in Beijing who are discovering their sexuality while immersed in a personal struggle to take control of their lives in a rapidly-changing society dogged by tradition. The film centres on Xiao (aged 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, gives sex workshops that encourage women to see their sexuality differently, and to use techniques that will make them happy. Hongli is our guide through the world of today’s Chinese sexual revolution.

*Director Laetitia Schoofs will attend the Auckland Festival with the kind support from EYE International. A Q&A will follow the first screening.

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    The Roxy

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    Q Theatre

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