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Vanessa Hope
US TW 2023    85'
⚬ Current Affairs & Politics 


With unprecedented access to Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ing-wen, director Vanessa Hope crafts a fascinating portrait of Taiwan and the country’s struggle to preserve its hard-won democracy. 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. Archive footage and TV news excerpts illustrate the long history of this constantly colonized island and provide context for the current political situation. 



Vanessa Hope


Vanessa Hope, Ted Hope, Cassandra Jabola, Ivan Orlic

Executive Producers

Geralyn Dreyfous, Sylvia Feng, Ming Chiang, Patrick Huang, Patrick Pfupajena, Danielle Turkov-Wilson, Mike Veldstra


Laura Hudock


Ku A-Ming, Dave Henry, Siuloku O, Justice Yong


Wei-San Hsu


Woodstock FF 2023

Hamptons IFF 2023

Mill Valley FF 2023

IDFA 2023

Film Details

Runtime 85'
Production Countries USA, Taiwan

Spoken Languages

English, Mandarin


Vanessa Hope is an award-winning producer and director. Vanessa 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 DU NUIT SUR SHANGHAI, part of an omnibus of films, THE STATE OF THE WORLD. She has also produced her own short films, including CHINA IN THREE WORDS, an official selection at DOC NYC. Hope’s additional producing credits includes 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. Hope made her directorial debut with the documentary ALL EYES AND EARS, an exploration of the complex links between the U.S. and China told through the stories of U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, his adopted daughter Gracie Mei, and civil advocate Chen Guangcheng. Hope’s latest film, INVISBLE NATION, is about the first female president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen.


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