Hooligan Sparrow

About

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers’ rights, continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media.

Filmmaker Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely and tenaciously keeps shooting, guerrilla-style, with secret recording devices and hidden-camera glasses, and in the process, she exposes a startling number of undercover security agents on the streets. Eventually, through smuggling footage out of the country, Wang is able tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Doc

COUNTRY China/U.S.A.

RUN TIME 84 min

LANGUAGE Chinese

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Little Horse Crossing the River

WEBSITE http://hooligansparrow.com

EMAIL hooligansparrow@gmail.com

Credits

Director
Screenwriter
Executive Producer
Producer
Cinematographer
Creative Producer
Co Producer
Co Writer
Editor
Composer
Actor

Artist Bio

Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang is an independent documentary filmmaker originally from China and currently based in New York City. Hooligan Sparrow is her feature-film debut. It has been included in IFP’s Filmmaker Lab, the Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Summit and Lab, Sundance Catalyst Forum, and DOK.Incubator in Leipzig, Germany. Wang holds three master’s degrees from New York University, Ohio University, and Shanghai University in news and documentary, media studies, and English literature, respectively.