Chinese women’s rights activist Ye Haiyan has spent time working as a “free prostitute” for migrant workers and collaborated with Ai Weiwei and others of China’s new generation activists. Online, she is infamous as “Hooligan Sparrow” for unveiling cases of corruption and abuse.In this documentary, filmmaker Nanfu Wang frequently uses hidden cameras to follow Sparrow’s protest against a school principle in Hainan Island who raped six elementary school girls and was until that time unpunished. But after a photo of Sparrow holding a sign that reads, “School director: take me to a hotel room – spare the school kids” goes viral, investigations follow. Yet Sparrow is rewarded by arrest, evictions, attacks and constant intimidation from Chinese authorities. The film is made mostly on the run, as Sparrow flees persecution, while Wang tries — not always succesfully — to secure the footage.
王男栿 Nanfu Wang 中國偏鄉出生，擁有英美文學、新聞及紀錄片製作三個碩士學位，以紐約為創作根據地。作品多關注邊緣、為不公義事發聲。拍攝紀錄片《流氓燕》，為女權運動者葉海燕發聲後，遭中國封殺，《流氓燕》和《十年》一樣成為中國的敏感詞。至今仍無法回中國。
Nanfu Wang 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. She holds three master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University, and New York University in English Literature, Media Studies, and Documentary respectively.