Directed by Dianne Griffin & Erica Jordan
Van Nguyen’s nail salon caters to a working-class clientele against a backdrop of the rapid gentrification gripping San Francisco, which is particularly apparent in the tech shuttle-dotted Mission District.
PAINTED NAILS frames a large-scale struggle within the personal story of an ordinary immigrant eking out a life for her family in a new country. Nguyen bravely speaks out on behalf of her co-workers, the Vietnamese community and nail salon patrons everywhere as the film raises questions about the ethics of a cosmetics industry focused on profit over consumer health.
Produced through DigAll Media, a San Francisco-based social justice nonprofit committed to creating media that deepens public understanding of issues that affect our lives and expand cultural, environmental and global awareness.
— Tracy Wu
Co-presented by: Bay Area Women in Film and Media
Director/Producer: Dianne Griffin, Erica Jordan
Co-Producer: Nhung Hoang Pham
Subject: Van Nguyen