Skip to main content
Unarchived film image, co-directors Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok


Ignite High School Screening


What is the history of BC? Says who? Whose stories are in museums, and whose are left out? Today, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in consciousness when it comes to exploring history from multiple viewpoints. This zippy NFB documentary surveys the inspiring work of a handful of community archives and collections across British Columbia. It’s an important and timely reminder that the model of a centralized collection of records and artifacts is highly problematic. Indeed, the official version of our history as presented by the Royal Museum of BC, for example, has consciously or not served to propagate a white colonial narrative.

In contrast, we hear eye-opening stories from curators and archivists from groups traditionally marginalized or excluded from museums: Indigenous, Queer, Trans, the Chinese Canadian Museum, the Tahltan Nation, the South Asian Legacy Project, and others. Along the way, we learn the secret, neglected, inspiring, and untold histories of this place we only think we know.


Funded by

Director Hayley Gray, Elad Tzadok
Credits See Full Credits
Country of Origin Canada
Year 2022
Language English
Content Warning Gender or sexual discrimination
Rating G
84 min

Education Resources

Primary Curriculum Interests:

  • Media 10
  • Film and Television 11
  • BC First Peoples 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • English First Peoples: New Media 11 + 12
  • English 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Social Studies 9, 10
  • Social Justice 12
  • Political Studies 12

Other Curriculum Interests:

  • Directing and Script Development 12
  • Drama 9 + 10

In-Cinema Only: May 25, 9:30 am, Vancity Theatre

How to Book

Free for schools, capacity for all films is limited. To book, submit your request with the online form below. Our Ignite team will respond to confirm availability and complete your booking.


Questions? Contact our Ignite team at [email protected]

Booking Request Form

Teacher's Name(Required)
Have you brought students to a VIFF education program before?(Required)
Would you like to join our Education email list? We will only email a few times a year with news about our film education programming for schools.(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



Teri Snelgrove


Hayley Gray, Elad Tzadok


Kaayla Whachell


Aynsley Baldwin, Elad Tzadok

Original Music

Edo Van Breeman, Johannes Winkler