Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

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When a Chinese elementary school principal who raped six of his students seems poised to receive a light sentence, famed women's rights advocate Ye Haiyan (AKA Hooligan Sparrow) leads a group of activists in a protest--a move that could end with each participant's arrest. As filmmaker Nanfu Wang films the demonstration and its aftermath, she becomes embroiled in the government's effort to harass and intimidate everyone associated with the protest. After being threatened by angry mobs, chased by police, and interrogated by national security agents, Wang discovers the Chinese government's willingness to target anyone they perceive to be a threat to their control.

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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.

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

The searing documentary "Hooligan Sparrow" is a portrait of courage.

Sep 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Gripping and thrilling, Nanfu Wang's debut documentary is a raw look at women's-rights activism in China.

Aug 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…

A whistleblowing documentary made with fearless guerrilla cunning ...

Jul 22, 2016 | Full Review…

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