The Other Half of the Sky

by Patrik Soergel International Documentary Film / Competition

They are four of the most successful businesswomen in China: Belonging to a generation who experienced the austerity of China's cultural revolution, followed by the subsequent economic boom, they have worked their way to the very top in a patriarchal society. Today, Yang Lan is the owner of one of the leading private media companies. 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 were these careers built? What are the social and economic contexts in which they operate? And what do these women think about the political, social and cultural state of their country? The latest documentary film by Patrik Soergel, who won a Golden Eye at ZFF seven years ago with THE SOUND AFTER THE STORM, takes an intense and unique look at the mentalities of female executives, and explores the huge transformation taking place in China today.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2016
  • Runtime: 80 Min
  • Languages: Chinese, Mandarin, English
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Patrik Soergel
  • Cast: Zhang Lan, Zhou Yi, Dong Mingzhu, Yang Lan
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  • Cinematography: Sven O. Hill
  • Editor: Bettina Tognola
  • Sound: Flavio Cristilli
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  • Producer: Nicola Genni
  • Co-Producers: Sven O. Hill, Silvana Bezzola Rigolini
  • Executive Producer: Nicola Bernasconi
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  • Production Company: Pic-Film SA
  • World Sales: Magnetfilm GmbH
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