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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival


Directed by Quyen Nguyen-Le

Shorts / United States / 2016 / Drama / 5 mins


A Vietnamese American teen attempts to piece together and understand their mother’s experience as a Vietnam War refugee. The journey pulls us into a fantastical series of iconic historical photographs and images, ultimately highlighting the complexity of fully understanding another’s experiences — and opens up possibilities for building relationships based on simply being present.

Director's Bio

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.