“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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