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Directed by Nanfu Wang

China, United States 2016 84 mins. In Mandarin

Hooligan Sparrow follows brave, maverick Chinese activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow) as she fights to bring justice to an elementary school principal who sexually abused six of his students in exchange for government favors. Director Nanfu Wang becomes a target herself as she surreptitiously chronicles the lengths to which the authorities in Hainan Province in southern China go to suppress Sparrow and her fellow activists. Dodging harassing government agents, spies within their ranks, and corrupt police, we see first-hand how fiercely China works to control its citizens—and the courageous few who face imprisonment as they work for social justice. In Mandarin and English with English subtitles.



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