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2 films from inspiring Chinese voices as Hong Kong protests

Stories about 2 human rights activists who are being chased by the Chinese government.

China’s Artful Dissident

57min • 2019 • Politics, Arts • M • Australia

A gripping documentary about “China’s Banksy”, a street artist in exile who highlights China’s abuse of human rights and remains incognito

China's Artful Dissident

A gripping documentary about “China’s Banksy”, a street artist in exile who highlights China’s abuse of human rights and remains incognito

On the 30th anniversary of the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, CHINA’S ARTFUL DISSIDENT shadows a Chinese political artist in exile as the artist clandestinely protests China’s abuse of human rights and its cover-up of the horrific slaughter of innocent students in 1989.

Inspired by Tank Man – the lone protestor who stared down a convoy of Red Army tanks in Tiananmen – the artist travels the globe meeting survivors and fellow dissidents who share powerful first-hand testimonies.

Like Banksy, the artist remains incognito, but unlike Banksy his life and that of his family are at stake, as the Chinese authorities – desperate to prevent his political art breaching their Great Firewall – close in on his identity.

As the global balance of power shifts from America to China in the 21st century, CHINA’S ARTFUL DISSIDENT shines a timely spotlight on Beijing’s continued whitewashing of the Tiananmen massacre and subsequent human rights abuses in China.

Director & Cast

DirectorDanny Ben-Moshe

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Hooligan Sparrow

84min • 2016 • Crime, Politics • M • UK

Human rights activist Ye Haiyan is chased from town to town by local governments, national secret police, and even her own neighbours after she seeks justice against an elementary school principal who abused six girls.

Hooligan Sparrow

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Maverick activist Ye Haiyan knew she faced these risks, and yet she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for 6 school girls who were sexually abused by their principle. The scale and intensity of the government’s reaction surprised even the most seasoned activists from across China.

The danger is palpable as filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a 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.

Awards & Nominations

News & Documentary Emmy AwardsNominee | Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary, Outstanding Editing: Documentary
Sheffield International Documentary FestivalWinner | Tim Hetherington Award
Sundance Film FestivalNominee | Grand Jury Prize
Dallas International Film FestivalWinner | Silver Heart Award

Director & Cast

DirectorNanfu Wang
CastYe Haiyan, Huang, Wang Jianfen, Tang Jitian, Shan Lihua, Wang Yu, Jia Lingmin

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Hooligan Sparrow
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