Hooligan Sparrow

SCREENINGS

Hooligan Sparrow is now streaming on PBS.org and on the PBS app, October 18-31.

Hooligan Sparrow premieres on PBS’ POV program on October 17, 2016.

ABOUT

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to southern China as they seek justice in the case of six elementary school girls allegedly sexually abused by their principal. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Official Selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

TRAILER

FILMMAKER

Nanfu WangNanfu Wang (Director, Producer, Cinematographer) is a filmmaker based in New York City. Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education. Her work often features the stories of marginalized or mistreated people. From Chinese blood donors stricken with HIV from used government-issued needles to the left-behind children of migrant laborers, Wang’s short films have been distributed on many platforms and translated into several languages. Wang is a recipient of a Sundance postproduction grant, Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund, a Sundance Documentary Fellow, and an IFP supported filmmaker. Her feature debutHooligan Sparrow has so far received support from Sundance Institute, IFP, IDA, and BRITDOC. Nanfu Wang holds three master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University and New York University in English Literature, Media Studies, and Documentary, respectively.

 

PHOTOS

In May 2013, Ye Haiyan, AKA Hooligan Sparrow held up a sign at a protest against an elementary school principal and a government official who raped six girls aged between 11 and 14 in Wanning City, Hainan Province. The sign reads: "All China Women’s Federation is a farce. China’s women’s rights are dead. 1949-2013 Fallen." Credit: Nanfu Wang

In May 2013, Ye Haiyan, AKA Hooligan Sparrow held up a sign at a protest against an elementary school principal and a government official who raped six girls aged between 11 and 14 in Wanning City, Hainan Province.
The sign reads:
“All China Women’s Federation is a farce.
China’s women’s rights are dead.
1949-2013 Fallen.”
Credit: Nanfu Wang

In May 2013, Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu handed out UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to passersby at a protest against against an elementary school principal and a government official who raped six girls aged between 11 and 14 in Wanning City, Hainan Province. Wang Yu is currently in jail, charged with subversion. Credit: Nanfu Wang

In May 2013, Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu handed out UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to passersby at a protest against against an elementary school principal and a government official who raped six girls aged between 11 and 14 in Wanning City, Hainan Province. Wang Yu is currently in jail, charged with subversion.
Credit: Nanfu Wang

Additional photos available upon request.

CONTACT

Please contact momo[at]caamedia.org with any questions.

This program is co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information, please visit the POV film page.