International Competition

Hooligan Sparrow

Nanfu Wang

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Screening time  
01.03. / Wednesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 2  
03.03. / Friday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4  
04.03. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 1  
A young filmmaker follows maverick activist to protest. As they were marked as enemies of the state they became targets.

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 to tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary.

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Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang is an independent filmmaker based in New York City and born in China.  Wang holds three master degrees from New York University, Ohio University, and Shanghai University. Hooligan Sparrow is Wang’s feature debut.

Hooligan Sparrow

USA
2016, 84'

Directed by:
Nanfu Wang

Screenplay by:
Nanfu Wang

Cinematography:
Nanfu Wang

Edited by:
Nanfu Wang

Music:
Nathan Halpern

Producer:
Nanfu Wang

Produced by:
Little Horse Crossing the River

Festivals & Awards:

Tim Hetherington Award – Special Mention, Movies that Matter Film Festival 2016 – The Golden Butterfly for Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival 2016 – Bronze Horse for Best Documentary, Jerusalem Film Festival 2016 – In Spirit for Freedom Award Best Documentary, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2016 – Nestor Almendros Award, Dallas International Film Festival 2016 – Silver Heart Award, One World Film Festival 2016 – Special Mention, Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2017 – Cinema Eye Honors Award, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights 2016 – Young Jury Award, Nashville Film Festival 2016 – Special Jury Prize, Ashland Independent Film Festival 2016 – Les Blank Award for Feature Length Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2016, Hot Docs 2016, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2016, Independent Spirit Awards 2017