Unorthodocs: Hooligan Sparrow

Mon 23 Jan 2017
19.00 - 21.00
£10.00 / £8.00 concessions

Concession price tickets apply to over 60s, teachers, tutors, disabled, students, 12-16 year olds and registered unwaged. You will need to bring relevant ID to verify your status. 

Screening Room
South Wing

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.

Chinese gender activist Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) alongside film-maker Nanfu Wang fight for the justice of six girls abused by their elementary school principal. Their campaigning against the police and local governments sees them labelled as enemies of the state. This covertly filmed 2016 documentary has won much international critical acclaim including winning the best film award at the 2016 Movies That Matter Festival. 

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Isabel Hilton, editor of Chinadialogue an independent, bilingual website devoted to the publication of high quality information and debate on the environment.

Running Time 1 hour 24 mins. The film has no certificate but contains scenes that some viewers may find distressing.

“ A classic example of Guerilla Film making”

The New York Times

Somerset House presents the fourth annual series of Unorthodocs; a programme of documentaries that have won awards and been screened at international festivals but have not been selected for broadcast on British television. The series is curated by Dartmouth Films, a film producer based at Somerset House and celebrates documentary at its most remarkable, innovative and provocative.