Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Hooligan Sparrow

Year: 2016
Country: CHINA, USA
Run Time: 84 minutes

Hooligan Sparrow

We sometimes take for granted the strides that have been made for women’s rights in this country. In China, however, things are different. For example, a man who rapes a young girl can get a life sentence; but if he claims to have given her money, the sentence becomes much more lenient. HOOLIGAN SPARROW follows brave Chinese activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow) as she fights to bring proper justice to an elementary school principal who raped and sold six of his students for government favors. Director Nanfu Wang becomes a target herself as she chronicles the lengths to which the Chinese government will go to suppress Sparrow and her fellow activists. Dodging gangs of government-paid thugs, spies within their ranks, crooked police, and a constant barrage of harassment from all angles, this film gives the audience a first-hand look at how fiercely China works to control its citizens—and the courageous fighters who face imprisonment trying to break free. Infuriating and shocking, HOOLIGAN SPARROW is a harrowing reminder that, without heroes, there is no hope. (In English and Chinese with subtitles) –T.W.

CIFF40 Screenings

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Pan-Asian Films
Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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Hero Hooligan: Revealing China's Truth

Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang is a Chinese filmmaker based in New York. She holds Masters' Degrees from NYU, Shanghai University, and Ohio University.


Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang, Mark Monroe

Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang

Principal Cast
Ye Haiyan

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