Published on December 13th, 2016 | by admin0
Kirsten Johnson and Nanfu Wang at the IDA Awards
Both Kirsten Johnson and Nanfu Wang were in attendance for this years IDA Awards, with Nanfu winning the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.
“Since the film was shortlisted for an Oscar a few days ago, Ye Haiyan (Sparrow) has been visited by police three times. My family was told to warn me not to say anything negative about China in public, and that they’re monitoring what I say.
It all sounds too absurd to be true. But I realize now that they’re afraid. They’re afraid that the world will see a reality about China that they fight to hide. They’re afraid the world will pay attention when they arrest people who fight for their rights – four of whom were in this film and are still in prison today.
They want me to be afraid too. But this is why I make documentaries. When enough people see the reality of injustice, they refuse to tolerate it. The support of communities makes it possible to share these realities with the world.”