Scene from the film No Crying At The Dinner Table
Scene from the film No Crying At The Dinner Table
Scene from the film No Crying At The Dinner Table
Scene from the film No Crying At The Dinner Table
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No Crying At The Dinner Table

  • Canada
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Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets in this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid.


  • Original Title
    No Crying At The Dinner Table
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Walid Jabri
  • Editing
    Carol Nguyen, Andres Solis
  • Music
    Arie Van de Ven
  • Sound
    Giulio Trejo-Martinez, Tim Horler, Alex Lane
  • Runtime
    16 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Toronto Int. Film Festival, Canada
    • Vancouver Int. Film Festival, Canada
    • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal
    • RIDM, Montréal
    • IDFA, The Netheralands
    • South Western Int. Film Festival, Canada
    • TIFF Shortcut Series: Portraits, Canada
    • Calgary Underground Film Festival, Canada
    • Cucalorus Film Festival, USA
    • All Animals Are Equal, Vietnam
    • TIFF Short Waves – Young Creator Showcase
    • Atlanta Film Festival, USA
    • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, USA
    • Busan Int. Short Film Festival, South Korea
    • Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Canada
    • Int. Film Festival of Ottawa, Canada
    • Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Canada
    • Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival, Ukraine
    • Altan Khalis Int. Film Festival, Mongolia
    • Shangai Int. Film Festival, China
    • El Paso Film Festival, USA
    • DMZ Doc Film Festival, Japan
    • FLY! Festival, UK
    • Silicon Valley Asian Film Festival, USA
    • DOC NYC, USA
    • Exile Room, Greece
    • Femme Fatale x Rose Coloured Theatre, Canada
  • Awards
    • Real Asian Film Festival, Toronto - Change Connect Award
    • Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland - Best International Short Documentary
    • Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland |2020| *BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY Indy Shorts Heartland Film Festival, USA - Best Documentary Student Film
    • Future of Film, Canada, 2020 - Best Film Award
    • Les Percéides, Québec - Jury Mention
    • SXSW, USA - Best Short Doc
    • NFFTY Festival, USA - BEST SHORT STUDENT DOCUMENTARY + PRIZE FOR BEST EDITING is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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