Directed by Quyen Nguyen-Le
Set in the California Drought, Nước (Water/Homeland) is an experimental narrative short film about a queer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mom’s experience as a Vietnam War refugee. The journey pulls us into a fantastical series of iconic historical photographs, ultimately highlighting the complexity of understanding another’s experiences completely and instead opening up possibilities for building relationships based on being presence and co-existence.
Quyên Nguyen-Le (they > she) is a queer Vietnamese American filmmaker from Los Angeles, California, in the process of figuring out how to sustainably converge technical filmmaking and social justice with tender emotions (?? !!)
After a brief stint at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Quyên completed degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy/Politics/Law at USC; then moved to Santiago de Chile to study Spanish with an emphasis on international politics. Quyên is also a graduate of the Los Angeles Inner-City Filmmakers program and the the Emma L. Bowen Foundation program at Focus Features/NBCUniversal. In the past, Quyên has directed a film for James Franco’s The Labyrinth anthology, and finished their first feature documentary, Queer Vietnameseness.