Invisible Nation – Director Vanessa Hope

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Vanessa Hope’s takes full advantage of her unprecedented access to the first female president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. 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 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. Director and Co-Producer Vanessa Hope (William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America) joins us for a conversation on the high-wire diplomacy facing President Tsai daily, her ability to engage her constituents and determination to provide Taiwan with a future that includes freedom and self-determination.


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Winner, Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary – 2024 Sonoma • One in a Million Award for Best Documentary – 2024 Sun Valley Film Festival • Winner, The Cinema for Peace Honorary Award – 2024 • Cinema for Peace Foundation
Winner, Audience Award – 2023 Middleburg Film Festival

About the filmmaker -Vanessa Hope is an award-winning producer and director who has produced multiple acclaimed films in China including Berlin International Film Festival selection, Wang Quanan’s “The Story Of Ermei” and Cannes Film Festival selection, Chantal Akerman’s “Tombee De Nuit Sur Shanghai,” part of an omnibus of films, “The State Of The World.” She has also produced and directed her own short films, including “China In Three Words” with contemporary Chinese author Yu Hua, an official selection at DOC NYC.Hope’s additional producing credits include Zeina Durra’s “The Imperialists Are Still Alive!” and Sarah and Emily Kunstler’s Academy award shortlisted feature documentary, “William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe” and the award-winning film, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.” She served as Executive Producer of Paula James-Martinez’s “Born Free.” Vanessa and her husband, Ted Hope, share a company, Double Hope Films, with many independent fiction and documentary features and series in development. Vanessa is on the advisory board of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality. Prior to her film career, Vanessa worked on foreign policy issues at the Council on Foreign Relations with Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies, Elizabeth Economy. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in Anthropology and East Asian Studies and completed the coursework for a PhD at Columbia University before going into film.



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“Watching it, one is driven to anger and, hopefully, to action.” – Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

“Advocates for Taiwan ought to be pleased with Invisible Nation’s degree of focus, nuance, and…” – Anthony Kao, Cinema Escapist

“Although the film is not an especially illuminating portrait of Tsai, Hope makes a convincing case for why Taiwan’s fears should concern the world.” – Tim Grierson, Screen Internationa

“Taiwan’s transformation from an authoritarian state to a flourishing democracy determined to decide its own future is charted in the engrossing and highly informative documentary “Invisible Nation.” – Richard Kuipers, Variety