No Crying at the Dinner Table

No Crying at the Dinner Table

Directed by Carol Nguyen

Genre Documentary
Country Canada
Year 2019
Length 15 min
Formats DCP
Sound 5.1
Version English subtitles, French subtitles, English, Vietnamese


A collection of family secrets, confessions and confrontation.


family relationships, taboos, immigration


Carol Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal. Carol is a TIFF Share Her Journey ambassador, an Adobe Creativity Scholar and a 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow and an Adobe Creativity Scholar. Today, Carol is continuing her passion for filmmaking at Concordia University.


Thao Nguyen-Duong
Ngoc Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen
Carol Nguyen



Carol Nguyen (Concordia Film School)


Walid Jabri


Carol Nguyen

EDITING Carol Nguyen, Andres Solis
Sound Giulio Trejo-Martinez
Music Arie Van de Ven


South by Southwest, USA |2020| Official Competition *SXSW 2020 DOCUMENTARY SHORT JURY AWARD*
Filministes, Canada |2020| Official Screening *MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE DOCUMENTAIRE*
Gala Prends Ça Court!, Canada |2020| Official Competition *PRIX COUP DE CŒUR COOP VIDÉO*
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, Canada|2020| Official Screening *PRIX DU MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE ÉTUDIANT*


Toronto Int. Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Competition
Vancouver Int. Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Competition
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal |2019| Official Competition
Real Asian Film Festival, Toronto |2019| Official Competition
RIDM, Montréal |2019| Official Competition
IDFA, The Netheralands |2019| Official Competition
South Western Int. Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Competition
TIFF Shortcut Series: Portraits, Canada |2019| Official Screening
Calgary Underground Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Screening
Cucalorus Film Festival, USA |2019| Official Competition
All Animals Are Equal, Vietnam |2019| Official Competition
TIFF Canada’s Top Ten |2020| Official Screening
TIFF Short Waves – Young Creator Showcase |2020| Official Screening