Vancouver Independent
Archives Week 2018/19


Fri. 02.11.18 / 3 pm Direct Action and the Archive

A Screening of Sid Chow Tan's Video Journalism and Woodsquat Open Archive by Josh Gabert-Doyon
Pollyanna 圖書館 Library

Free event presented by 221A.

Join 221A for a screening of selections from Sid Chow Tan's archive of self-produced video journalism. For decades, Chow Tan worked as a documentarian and organizer across social movements in the Lower Mainland, including environmental activism, anti-Olympics actions, and the struggle for housing. In conversation with Librarian Vincent Tao, Chow Tan will speak to how his video practice has critically informed his political organizing.

The screening will include Chow Tan's video documenting the 2002 Woodward's Squat. To supplement the work, the library will host an open archive of print materials from the squat, collected by past 221A Fellow Josh Gabert-Doyon.


Pollyanna 圖書館 Library
221 E. Georgia St

About the Presenters

Sid Chow Tan is a video documentarian, community organizer, and media producer based in Vancouver. He is best known for his leadership in the struggle for redress of the Chinese head tax and exclusion laws.

Josh Gabert-Doyon is a writer and radio producer who lives in London and Vancouver.


Pollyanna 圖書館 Library has a 1.8m (6’) wide double set street front entrance with manually operated outward-swinging doors. An interior 6cm (2.5”) high by 60cm (24”) long ramp spans the width of the doorway. The bathroom is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact to make arrangements to best accommodate your needs.

Additional support for this event is generously provided by

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