“Hooligan Sparrow has a grass roots,on-the-ground urgency: nervy, paranoid camerawork gives a sense of the realities of life on the sharp edge of activism.”—Screen Daily
Don't be disappointed. Get your tickets now for our celebration screening of multi-award winning documentary Hooligan Sparrow and a panel discussion led by BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie featuring Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales, Harriet Evans, Professor Emeritus of Chinese Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster specialising in the women's movement in China; and Chris Berry, Professor of Film Studies at King’s College, author and expert on Chinese cinema. The screening, panel and a reception celebrating our 15th anniversary will take place on Thursday 6 April at 6-9pm at The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR (near Vauxhall and Oval tube stations).
Your contribution will help The Rights Practice to continue and adapt our work on human rights in China in the face of new challenges posed by the introduction of a Foreign NGO Law. You'll see a riveting and remarkable film, hear from a panel of experts, and find out more about our work and how you can support us.
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Hooligan Sparrow synopsis
The danger is palpable as filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to 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. Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. She keeps shooting guerrilla-style,with secret recording devices and hidden camera glasses. Eventually, through smuggling footage out of the country, Wangs' story of Sparrow and her fellow activists makes it out, giving viewers unprecedented access to the realities human rights activists face in China today.