No Crying at the Dinner Table (15 minutes)
Carol Nguyen’s short documentary, an Official Selection of The Future of Film Showcase (FOFS) 2020, is an excellent film about generational trauma and the lengths to which we’ll go to dissect the root of our grief. Carol interviews her own family, and connects with them in a way I’ve never seen before — by truly allowing them to be who they are. There is no performative nature to this film. It’s all so real. As an audience, we feel Carol carrying the burden of losing her cultural tradition. I’m profoundly impressed by the way she confronts these emotions and attempts to rebuild the connection between her immediate family members. It truly is difficult to paint a well-rounded story in a short film. Carol does this and more, as she evenly introduces and engages with fully formed subjects, as each share their own stories of loss, and eventually come together in an emotional conclusion. — Eric Bizzarri
Stream on CBC Gem for free until September 4, 2020.