China is changing face. It is the country with the highest number of self made female billionaires. This film explores the incredible transformation taking place in China today, from the perspectives of four of the country's most powerful businesswomen.
They experienced the austerity of China's cultural revolution, followed by the subsequent economic boom. Though growing up in a patriarchal society, they have risen from nothing and have become symbols of change.
Yang Lan is the queen of Chinese talk-shows for women and owner of one of the leading private media companies in the country. Dong Mingzhu is a tenacious female CEO, heading up the world's largest manufacturer of air conditioning systems. Zhang Lan is a tycoon in the luxury restaurant business. Zhou Yi is a top manager working for a big american IT company.
How they created their empires, what is the social and economic context in which they operate and what is the price they had to pay in terms of their private and family lives: these are the questions which the film sets out to tackle through a series of first-hand accounts given by the subjects. Their stories reflect today's China: a country which is impatient to turn away from its rural past and become an industrialized, ultramodern economy, yet a country which increasingly has to tread a fine line between communism and capitalism.
Cristina Radi review for "Lo Sguardo Oltre il Confine".
Portrait of the director
by GIANLUCA COSTANTINI
Nicola Falcinella interviews the director Patrik Soergel for the magazine Azione.
Antonio Mariotti presents the movie for il Corriere del Ticino. Watch it at Lux Cinema in Massagno and Rialto Cinema in Locarno from 30th March.
“The Other Half of the Sky” by Patrik Soergel will premiere in Italy at 24th Sguardi Altrove International Film Festival in Milan.
The screening is on 15th March.
Patrik Soergel opens a door, leading the audience to reflect on a society which, on closer inspection, is far more complex that it would have us believe.
Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa.org
We are glad to announce that more than 1.000 people attend the screenings of “The Other Half of the Sky” at the 52. Solothurner Filmtage. The response for the film has been good both from the audience and the media. We thank the Festival for this wonderful opportunity and cheers to all the people who came to see the film.
From December 2016 the film has been included in Lufthansa and Emirates program.
"A completely successful documentary on a current topic, which in a wider context today also concerns every professional woman in the world."
Janine Heini, Cineman
We are glad to announce that “The Other Half of the Sky” had 4 sold out screenings at the Zürich Film festival, with good response from the audience and the media. We thank the Festival for this wonderful opportunity and cheers to all the people who came to see the film.
Patrik listed on Neue Zürcher Zeitung as one of the best young filmmakers in competition at the 12th ZFF.
“A perfectly crafted Film."
Urs Bühler, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
“The Other Half of the Sky” by Patrik Soergel will compete at the 12th Zürich Film Festival in the "International Documentary Film“ section.
World premiere is at Corso cinema in Zürich on 24th September at 18.15. Further three screening will follow on 26th September, 1st October, 2nd October.