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Nanfu Wang demonstrates the first-hand integrity of a documentarian putting their life on the line to get the truth out in this suspenseful and moving exposé on corruption and injustice. Read critic reviews

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Human rights activist Ye Haiyan is chased from town to town by local governments, national secret police, and even her own neighbors after she seeks justice against an elementary school principal who abused six girls.

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Andy Cohen
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Alison Klayman
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Nathan Halpern
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Chris Ruggiero
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  • Wang reveals the Chinese government treating public protests against official abuses as graver offenses than the abuses themselves; she documents a regime of violence that suppresses dissent and sustains impunity.

    May 17, 2021 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The searing documentary "Hooligan Sparrow" is a portrait of courage.

    September 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.

    September 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Gripping and thrilling, Nanfu Wang's debut documentary is a raw look at women's-rights activism in China.

    August 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This raw and startling doc isn't about young rape victims in China and the institutions that enable the culprits. Instead, it's about the methods used to silence the activists who draw attention to those problems.

    August 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Wang reveals the Chinese government treating public protests against official abuses as graver offenses than the abuses themselves; she documents a regime of violence that suppresses dissent and sustains impunity.

    May 17, 2021 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The searing documentary "Hooligan Sparrow" is a portrait of courage.

    September 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.

    September 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Hooligan Sparrow must been seen by the widest audience possible.

    November 1, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Wang has bravely crafted an indispensible documentation of how the Chinese government uses threats and intimidation to squash dissension...

    August 28, 2018 | Rating: 4.4/5 | Full Review…

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