I’m filmmaker Nanfu Wang. I smuggled footage from China for my documentary Hooligan Sparrow. AMA!
I’m Nanfu Wang, the director of Hooligan Sparrow which is on the Academy Award Short List for Best Documentary this year. My film follows Chinese activist Ye Haiyan (who is known more widely by her nickname, Hooligan Sparrow, in China) she and her band of colleagues protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment.
During the filming, I became a target alongside with Sparrow, as we faced destroyed cameras and intimidation. Thanks to guerrilla-style shooting, with secret recording devices and hidden-camera glasses, we captured footage that exposed the high level of corruption that human rights activists face in China. Eventually, through the help of friends I was able to smuggle the footage out of the country.
Watch the Hooligan Sparrow trailer here: https://vimeo.com/167259439 and the film is now available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon and in select theaters.
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