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HOOLIGAN SPARROW – A FILM BY NANFU WANG. A Welcome Reception and Screening took place on July26th to celebrate the theatrical release of the acclaimed documentary

Written By: Marcelle - Aug• 04•16


A Welcome Reception and Screening took place on July26th  to  celebrate the theatrical release of the acclaimed documentary HOOLIGAN SPARROW – A FILM BY NANFU WANG.   The reception was lovely and took place in a mansion in Beverly Hills. The hosts  were very gracious and did an exceptional job putting it all together..

the Acclaimed Documentary HOOLIGAN SPARROWA FILM BY NANFU WANG Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor


See The Film

Visit Cinema Village’s website for more details.
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IFP Screen Forward Presents: HOOLIGAN SPARROW – JULY 15th – July 21st, 2016
Visit IFP’s website for more details.


Free Wang Yu


Hooligan Sparrow is a critical journey through several fundamental human rights issues in China, such as freedom of expression, the right to assembly, safety and security, freedom of movement, personal privacy from surveillance, the rights of the child, and women’s human rights. Of these the most urgent is due process because several activists who appear in our film are now political prisoners.


While China has signed many international human rights covenants and treaties, they are violating many due process issues such as forced disappearances, illegal detainment, unlawful interrogation, the right to counsel and a fair trial, torture and cruel and inhuman punishment, length of incarceration and the death penalty.
All of the activists in our film, including Hooligan Sparrow, have been detained at one time or another. The lawyer Wang Yu, one of the courageous activists in the film, is currently in prison for defending human rights. She was swept up with dozens of human rights lawyers in China in the summer of 2015. Her case is typical of the current situation in China for human rights workers, she is being held in an undisclosed prison, there have been no charges filed or notification of an upcoming trial. Her husband (another human rights lawyer) is also in prison. Their teenage son, who was scheduled to study in Australia, tried to escape and was kidnapped inside of Burma by Chinese security forces and forcibly brought back to Beijing where he is currently under house arrest.

There are several scenes in our film that touch on human rights directly.
In a hotel room, Sparrow (middle)holds up signs with two other activists. After posting this picture on the Internet, Sparrow was detained for 10 days for “intentionally displaying nudity in a public place”
This was staged on the annual day of recognition for CEDAW, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. China has ratified the CEDAW convention and they are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They also have to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with the treaty obligations.

During the protest in front of Wanning No.2 Elementary School in Hainan Provinc, lawyer Wang Yu is shown handing out the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The CRC is the most accepted and ratified international convention among all UN treaties and remains the most holistic guide for the protection of all children under the age of 18. China is party to the Convention and is bound by its articles and is obligated to submit reports to the UN on the status of upholding the CRC.

There are scenes in the film where security agents harass filmmaker Nanfu Wang. Her camera is taken and broken, and she is also interrogated.
Article 27 states that everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. In terms of media, this means that everyone has the right to technology, open source software, the circuits of social media, and even and the tools of documentary filmmaking.
We recommend an excellent and comprehensive site for understanding the different conceptual categories for human rights and their direct links to international treaties: The Peoples Movement for Human Rights.


This entire presentaion was made possible by:

Learning.David C. Magdael
David Magdael & Associates, Inc.
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Los Angeles, CA  90015
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