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Invisible Nation

Invisible Nation

Vanessa Hope
United States, Taiwan
2023
85 min
International Premiere
Frontlight
Synopsis

A fascinating portrait of Taiwan and its first female president Tsai Ing-wen. The country increasingly fears invasion by China, especially after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong. The camera is able to get remarkably close to the president in her struggle to preserve Taiwan’s hard-won democracy, a balancing act between the geopolitical forces of the US and China, which does not recognize the country’s existence as such.

The film shows how the progressive President Tsai is elected for a second term, in a clear signal to China. Her story is interspersed with interviews with historians from home and abroad, activists and academics, who provide a fascinating analysis of circumstances on the surprisingly liberal island. Various Taiwanese people also talk about what it was like to grow up with the idea that their culture was forbidden.

Archive footage and TV news excerpts illustrate the long history of this constantly colonized island and provide context for the current political situation, which appears to be becoming increasingly urgent and perilous.

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Credits
85 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: Chinese, English
Director
    Vanessa Hope
    Vanessa Hope
Production
    Cassandra Jabola,
    Ted Hope,
    Vanessa Hope,
    Ivan Orlic
    Cassandra Jabola,
    Ted Hope,
    Vanessa Hope,
    Ivan Orlic
Executive producer
    Geralyn Dreyfous,
    Doug Blush,
    Ming Chiang,
    Patrick Huang,
    Danielle Turkov Wilson,
    Patrick Pfupajena,
    Lauren Mekhael
    Geralyn Dreyfous,
    Doug Blush,
    Ming Chiang,
    Patrick Huang,
    Danielle Turkov Wilson,
    Patrick Pfupajena,
    Lauren Mekhael
Co-production
    Sylvia Feng,
    Mike Veldstra,
    Amy Shepherd
    Sylvia Feng,
    Mike Veldstra,
    Amy Shepherd
Cinematography
    Laura Hudock,
    Michael Geier
    Laura Hudock,
    Michael Geier
Editing
    Ku A-Ming,
    Dave Henry,
    Siuloku O,
    Justice Yong
    Ku A-Ming,
    Dave Henry,
    Siuloku O,
    Justice Yong
Sound
    Teri Woo
    Teri Woo
Sound Design
    Yu-Ting Su
    Yu-Ting Su
Music
    Wei-San Hsu
    Wei-San Hsu
World Sales
    Submarine Entertainment
    Submarine Entertainment
Screening copy
    Vanessa Hope
    Vanessa Hope

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