Director Wang Nanfu wracked up accolades for her debut feature “Hooligan Sparrow,” a riveting, guerrilla-style exposé of sexual abuse in China that made the Academy Award shortlist for best documentary.
But as she prepared to return to the cutting room for her sophomore feature “I Am Another You,” she learned a valuable lesson that guides her to this day.
“I thought it would be easier, and it wasn’t,” Wang said. “The previous success of one successful work will not necessarily translate into your next work. Every film is a brand new beginning.”
Wang recently appeared at Hot Docs with journalist and film critic Eric Hynes, where she discussed her career as a documentary filmmaker and the role that she plays as a character in her own films.
The director’s latest film, “One Child Nation,” was acquired by Amazon Studios after it won the grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Read the story at Variety.
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