It’s important to give some well-deserved praise to student filmmakers once in a while. Especially to the ones that have made some incredible short films that have left a huge impact worldwide. No Crying at the Dinner Table is another wonderful title that you should most certainly add to your list of things to watch. After having a highly successful festival run and winning some awards along the way, it’s finally available for everyone to check it out on Vimeo.

Directed by Carol Nguyen, who has also made other shorts such as Tundra and Every Grain of Rice, she takes on the ambitious task of telling her family’s authentic story in front of the camera. It’s a really personal journey for her to explore. Her family is composed of Thao Nguyen-Duong, Ngoc Nguyen and Michelle Nguyen, and it’s quite compelling to see them go through this emotional process of documentary filmmaking. It’s beautifully shot from start to finish thanks to Walid Jabri‘s great work as the cinematographer. It’s a touching story about family, grief, trauma and truth, and they’re important themes that they showcase throughout. It’s not always easy to revisit your past memories, but it’s still crucial to know that people are allowed to express themselves however they like. We see each of her family members’ different perspectives, which will make you deeply connected to their lives.

I can’t stress this enough. This is a brilliant biographical documentary, and it deserves all the success and recognition that it’s been receiving lately. Carol should be proud of not just creating one of the best short films of all time, but also for having the courage and determination to tell this truly unique narrative.

Congrats to the entire team on the huge success of No Crying at the Dinner Table. It’s absolutely fantastic.


Here’s the Vimeo link to the film.


Selected Screenings & Awards

  • SXSW Film Festival — Short Documentary Jury Award 2020

  • Canadian Screen Award — Best Documentary Nomination 2020

  • Toronto International Film Festival — World Premiere 2019

  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam — International Premiere 2019

  • It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival — South American Premiere 2020

  • Reel Asian Film Festival — Change Connect Award 2019

  • RIDM (Sélection La soirée de la relève) — Mention Spéciale 2019

  • Rendez-Vous Cinéma Québécois — Pix Video Co-op & Meilleur Film Étudiant 2020

  • Festival Filministes — Prix Relève Québécoise – Documentaire 2020

  • DOC NYC — Shortlist 2020

  • Indy Shorts — Best Student Documentary Film 2020

  • Galway Film Fleadh — Best International Short Documentary 2020

  • Palm Springs Shorts Fest — Official Selection 2020

  • Busan International Short Film Festival — Official Selection 2020

  • Off-Courts Trouville — Official Selection 2020

  • Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival — Official Selection 2020

  • Vancouver International Film Festival — Official Selection 2019

  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma — Official Selection 2019

  • Rincon International Film Festival — Official Selection 2020

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