Nanfu Wang is an award-winning Chinese filmmaker based in the U.S. She is a recipient of the 2020 MacArthur Genius Grant, a member of the Directors Guild of America, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Her feature documentaries include Hooligan Sparrow (Sundance 2016, Shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature), I Am Another You (SXSW 2017, Special Jury Prize winner), and One Child Nation (Sundance 2019, Grand Jury Prize Winner, Shortlisted for the 2020 Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature). Her most recent documentary, “In the Same Breath” about propaganda and COVID-19 in China, will premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
Wang received four Emmy nominations for her films. She is also a recipient of numerous awards including an Independent Spirit Award, a Peabody Award, an IDA Award, a George Polk Award, and the Ridenhour Award.
Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and a lack of access to formal education and eventually earned three Master’s degrees from Shanghai University (M.A. in English Literature), Ohio University (M.A. in Media Studies), and New York University (M.A. in Documentary Filmmaking). She teaches cinematography and editing at New York University.
— Manohla Dargis/The New York TimesIt is instead an essential account of one battle in the continuing war over women’s bodies, one that, Wang forcefully observes, is in no way limited to China.
— Owen Glieberman/ VarietyThey’re on the high wire of freedom-fighting without a net, and Nanfu Wang’s “Hooligan Sparrow,” a whistleblowing documentary made with fearless guerrilla cunning, is a portrait of one of those people.