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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.


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Gender or Sexual Discrimination

84 min

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Hayley Gray headshot, Unarchived co-director

Photo by Kristine Cofsky

Hayley Gray

Hayley Gray is a Vancouver-based director, writer, and producer. A graduate of Dalhousie University and Vancouver Film School, she has written and directed documentary, narrative, and commercial work. Gray’s films have screened at festivals around the world and aired on Telus Optik, the Knowledge Network, CBC, and Air Canada.

Elad Tzadok headshot, Unarchived co-director

Photo by Collin Morrison

Elad Tzadok

Elad Tzadok is an award-winning director, producer, and editor with a background in development and marketing. Born and raised in Israel, Tzadok moved to Vancouver, where he graduated from the Film Production Program at UBC and co-founded Scopitone Films. He has produced, directed, and edited music videos, commercials, narrative films, and documentaries.



Teri Snelgrove


Hayley Gray, Elad Tzadok


Kaayla Whachell


Aynsley Baldwin, Elad Tzadok

Original Music

Edo Van Breemen, Johannes Winkler