Quyên NL (they) is a queer filmmaker and writer. Born to Vietnamese refugee parents in the place where Chumash and Tongva lands meet (San Fernando Valley, Los Ángeles), their work focuses on the ways histories emerge in the quotidian everyday. Previously, Quyên participated in the Armed with a Camera Fellowship at Visual Communications, the North Star Fellowship at Points North Institute, and National Multicultural Alliance Documentary Producer Lab with the Center for Asian American Media. Producer Su Kim has won multiple awards at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 for “Hale County: This Morning, This Evening.” She received an Emmy in the Outstanding News and Current Affairs Documentary category, as well as a Peabody Award, for “Midnight Traveler,” and was part of the producing team for the Academy Award winner documentary short “Learning to Skate in a Warzone.”
While we’ve seen the rise of anti-Asian racism, we’ve also seen the rise of solidarity efforts within Asian American communities, with Asian-Black solidarity movements, and with other BIPOC communities. Here are seven documentary shorts that reflect this moment in time as our community grapples with grief and how to rebuild our lives to make room for more joy and hope. This is a co-production with A-DOC and WORLD Channel.