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Ms. Wang shows an inordinate amount of courage, a kind of guerrilla tenacity, in following Ms. Ye through her protests in Hainan, and her subsequent harassment.
The searing documentary "Hooligan Sparrow" is a portrait of courage.
The chaotic audio and video footage of these altercations generates enormous drama even as it eclipses the issues at hand; though undeniably heroic, the documentary dwells less on its subject than on its own production.
Gripping and thrilling, Nanfu Wang's debut documentary is a raw look at women's-rights activism in China.
Budding filmmakers can take away a valuable lesson from the documentary "Hooligan Sparrow": You don't need fancy camera equipment (or in some instances, even a camera) if you're passionate enough about the story you want to tell.
A whistleblowing documentary made with fearless guerrilla cunning ...
Hooligan Sparrow must been seen by the widest audience possible.
Wang has bravely crafted an indispensible documentation of how the Chinese government uses threats and intimidation to squash dissension...
To see Wang simply operating the camera is gratifying; a gesture that asserts critical presence in the face of state-orchestrated odds.
Documenting what Ye Haiyan and other protesters are going through in China might not change anything. On the other hand, it might move the cause forward a little bit. Here's to a courageous filmmaker, and some courageous protesters.
It's a scrappy film, one made with significant use of hidden cameras, without title cards (...) and told through Wang's narration that echoes with naïve wonder as she discovers the enormity of her story as she records it.
The shards of surveillance of secret police, of intimidation by plainclothes operatives and the sheer oppressive weight meant to crush resistance are equally horrifying, and captured with kaleidoscopic perseverance.
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