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Hooligan Sparrow

Directed by: Nanfu Wang
Runtime: 1hr 24min Year: 2015
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Directed by: Nanfu Wang
Runtime: 1hr 24min Year: 2015
Country: China, United States
Last Screened: Mon 9th Jan 2017

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 alleged rape of six elementary school girls.

Oscar Shortlisted

★★★★ “astonishing… deserves as wide an audience as possible.” – Cine Vue

“Although Hooligan Sparrow is a protest film at heart, it is also a fascinating strategy and survival document.” – Little White Lies

A group of activists protesting the alleged rape of six girls by a school headmaster and a government official quickly become fugitives. Filmmaker Nanfu Wang and super-activist Ye Haiyan (“Hooligan Sparrow”) must avoid government thugs and arrest. Sparrow becomes an enemy of the state, but detentions, interrogations, and evictions can’t stop her protest from going viral.

A thriller set across southern China featuring friends who will go to any lengths to expose the truth.