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Filmmaker Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, 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 tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.
LA Asian-Pacific Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
Dallas Film Festival Silver Heart Award
Sheffield Doc/Fest Special Jury Prize
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights Youth Prize AND Jury Prize
Movies that Matter Golden Butterfly AND Human Rights Award
Nashville Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Badass Filmmaking
Ashland Independent Best Documentary
Greenwich Film Festival Best Documentary AND Best Social Impact Film
Human Rights Watch NY Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking
Northwest Fest Best International Feature
Nanfu Wang’s “Hooligan Sparrow” is a film that documents just how dangerous it is to be a women’s rights activist in China, observing the life of Ye Haiyan, a.k.a. Sparrow, but it also reveals the danger and difficulty in making a film on this topic. Freedom to make the kind of art you want to make ...