Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2021

Việt Kiều: Vietnamese American Shorts

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Available March 4, 2021 8:01 AM UTC
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These contemporary stories tackle fraught family relationships, creating new livelihoods, collective memory and many other moments that shape Vietnamese American lives. No Crying at the Dinner Table meditatively breaks open family tensions in order to resolve them. Zooming out from individual to community heartbreak and healing, The Morning Passing on el Cajon Boulevard acknowledges the experience of losing loved ones from far away. Following two short films on the process of making a living in a new place, Upon Skin, Upon Stone rounds out the program by inviting the audience to look ahead to future possibilities.


Co-presented by Kandelia (formerly Vietnamese Friendship Association) and Northwest Vietnamese News

A collection of family secrets, confessions and confrontation. Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets in this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid. (Content Warning: Suicide, Mental Illness, Death, War)

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    16 minutes
  • Language
    English, Vietnamese
  • Country
    Canada
  • Premiere
    Seattle Premiere
  • Note
    English Subtitles
  • Director
    Carol Nguyen
  • Cast
    Thao Nguyen-Duong, Ngoc Nguyen, Michelle Nguyen, Carol Nguyen