Asia Society Movie Screening


«The other half of the sky – Stories of Chinese businesswomen» by Patrik Soergel

The other half of the sky – Stories of Chinese businesswomen

Asia Society Switzerland's first movie night will screen:

«The other half of the Sky – Stories of Chinese businesswomen», 2016

This multiple times nominated documentary, shown at various film festivals worldwide screens at Riff Raff, Zürich, in presence of the director himself, Patrik Soergel.


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? The film takes an intense and unique look at the mentalities of female executives, and explores the huge transformation taking place in China today.

Written by Patrik Soergel




Patrik Soergel

Patrik Soergel is an award-winning director whose work has been shown on several TV networks around the globe, dozens of film festivals and distributed internationally. He also directs prime time TV documentaries for the swiss public network RSI - Radiotelevisione svizzera. Soergel graduated in film direction and film editing at The European Film College (Denmark) and FAMU Accademy of performing Art (Czech Republic). He is based in Switzerland and works with several film companies in Europe and the USA. Soergel's feature, The Sound After the Storm, won "Best Documentary" at the 2009 Zurich Film Festival.

Event Details

Tue 22 May 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Riffraff Kino, Saal 4
57-63 Neugasse
8005 Zürich

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