Invisible Nation

Vanessa Hope
/ United States
/ 2023
/ 85 mins
/ English, Mandarin
Australasia Premiere

Taiwan's troubled past and uncertain future come into focus. 

With unprecedented access to Taiwan’s sitting head of state, director Hope investigates the election and tenure of Tsai Ing-wen, the first female president of Taiwan. Thorough, incisive and bristling with tension, the film is a living account of Tsai’s tightrope walk between the colossal geopolitical forces of the U.S. and China, carefully balancing the hopes and dreams of her nation. 

At a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the ever-present threat of authoritarian aggression, the film brings a timely focus to the struggle of Taiwan and its vibrant democracy as it fights for autonomy and freedom from fear. 

with director Vanessa Hope and producer Ted Hope following the screening on
* 29 June, 6:00 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas
Supported by:
02 Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono logo

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Film Info

Director: Vanessa Hope
Producer: Cassandra Jabola, Ivan Orlic, Sylvia Feng, Ted Hope, Vanessa Hope
Country: United States
Language: English, Mandarin
Year: 2023
Duration: 85 mins
Category: Democracy on the Edge
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