Activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow) and her colleagues come together to protest a case in which a Hainan province principal is accused of sexually assaulting six schoolgirls. Their efforts go viral on social media, and the Chinese government labels Sparrow and the activists enemies of the state. Filmmaker Nanfu Wang inserts herself in with the activists, and she and the protesters face physical threats, damaged cameras, and menacing interrogations from the Chinese government. This harrowing exposé of corruption and surveillance in China highlights Wang’s tenacious filmmaking and the courage of Sparrow and her group to fight for justice.
Preceded by “Eliza Jane Nicholson, The Small-Town Poet Who Became the First Woman Publisher at the Picayune” by Laine Kaplan-Levenson.
Screens Sunday, September 11 at 2:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door.
Dir. Nanfu Wang; 2016, 84 min; China/USA, Mandarin with English subtitles; DCP.