State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal.
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Like Ai Wei Wei's documentaries, this one is mostly a procedural that sheds light on the functioning of the Chinese government and the strength it takes to fight back against it. In this case, official malfeasance is covered up, and those pushing for justice become the objects of investigation rather than the perpetrators of the crime itself. Not a new story, but one that still needs to be told if we desire change.