Invisible Nation

Year of the Vote
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, May 19 7:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, May 24 3:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Taiwan
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Vanessa Hope


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.

Featuring a pre-recorded intro by filmmaker Vanessa Hope.

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Year of the Vote: Hot Docs presents a series of compelling documentaries marking the ‘Year of the Vote,’ as nearly half of the world’s population is eligible to go to the polls in 2024.

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