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Directed by Vanessa Hope

Cast: Chen Chu, Freddy Lim, Hsiao Bi-Khim, Tsai Ing-Wen, Wu Pei-Yi

Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A.

With unprecedented access to Taiwan’s sitting head of state, director Vanessa Hope investigates the election and tenure of Tsai Ing-wen, the first female president of Taiwan. Thorough, incisive and bristling with tension, Invisible Nation is a living account of Tsai’s tightrope walk as she balances the hopes and dreams of her nation between the colossal geopolitical forces of the U.S. and China. Hope’s restrained observational style captures Tsai at work in her country’s vibrant democracy at home, while seeking full international recognition of Taiwan’s right to exist. At a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has demonstrated the ever-present threat of authoritarian aggression, Invisible Nation brings punctual focus to the struggle of Taiwan as it fights for autonomy and freedom from fear.

Content Advisory: Violence in the streets of Hong Kong and Ukraine

Producer: Sylvia Feng, Vanessa Hope, Ted Hope, Cassandra Jabola, Ivan Orlic
Executive Producer: Geralyn Dreyfous, Ming Chiang, Patrick Huang, Patrick Pfupajena, Danielle Turkov-Wilson, Mike Veldstra
Director of Photography: Laura Hudock
Editor: Ku A-Ming, Dave Henry, Siuloku O., Justice Yong
Composer: Wei-San Hsu
Sound Designer: Yu-Ting Su
Music: Wei-San Hsu

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Directed by S. Leo Chiang

A personal, poetic look at the uneasy peace on the frontline between Taiwan and China.

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