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

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 spoke to how his video practice has critically informed his political organizing.

The screening included Chow Tan's video documenting the 2002 Woodward's Squat. To supplement the work, the library hosted 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


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.

Nate Crompton is a writer and housing activist in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. He is currently an editor at The Mainlander and a PhD candidate in the department of history at Simon Fraser University.

Additional support for this event is generously provided by


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