Cinematic Taiwan

About the Program

In community archives across British Columbia, local knowledge keepers are hand-fashioning a more inclusive history. Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage and deeply rooted memories, the past, present and future come together, fighting for a space where everyone is seen and everyone belongs. History is what we all make of it.

This film is screened with support from the National Film Board of Canada.
Hayley Gray
Director Background

Hayley is a Vancouver-based writer and director (DGC).  She is a graduate of Dalhousie University and Vancouver Film School and has written and directed scripted, documentary and commercial work. Hayley’s films have aired on Telus Optik, the Knowledge Network, CBC and Air Canada. Hayley’s documentary: HAYASHI STUDIO investigates the hidden history of BC, and won Best Canadian Short at VAFF. Her NFB produced documentary UNARCHIVED examines how to make erased histories as researchable and accessible and the dominant historical record. Her film SEND THE RAIN speaks to the devastating results of British Columbia’s Wildfires. It premiered on CBC, won the Golden Egg at the Reykjavik International Film Festival and a DGC Award.

From the Curating Team

History often neglects lesser-known events, characters, and artifacts, causing valuable cultural heritage to be lost in the torrent of time. To protect Taiwan’s subjectivity and include immigrants' experiences, we must document forgotten stories, fostering respect for diverse identities. These films honour forgotten stories and help build a holistic, inclusive perspective that values marginalized narratives.


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TAIWANfest Vancouver is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered here, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples of this land while we engage in meaningful conversations of culture and reconciliation.

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