UnLonely Film Festival 5

No Crying at the Dinner Table

A collection of family secrets, confessions and confrontation.

This film contains scenes or descriptions that some viewers may find disturbing, including descriptions of suicide, and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more.

Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“I grew up between funeral homes and temples. There was a period in my life where I prayed that no one else would die the next year. Although death was very prominent in my childhood, I never had the tools to understand and express my emotions. Grieving was something to be done alone.

When I discovered my family’s stories, it really hit home with me. I was taken back to memories as a teenager trying to make sense of my own traumas alone, and not having the tools to express them.

With these discoveries, I knew that I wanted to make a documentary about intergenerational trauma, and push for change in the process.”

Carol Nguyen is a Vietnamese Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto and Montreal. Her films often explore the subjects of cultural identity, family and memory.

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Click to watch Carol Nguyen accept the Cigna Diversity Advocate Award. Watch the entire replay of the Launch Event here.

Join the Conversation

When was the last time you had a conversation with a close family member where you learned something new about them? Has it been a while since you connected with a parent or sibling? What would you recommend to someone who wants to encourage an intimate conversation with a loved one?

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