February 10, 2020
May 16, 2020
University of California, Irvine
Guest Lecture, Asian American Women's Film class (FLM&MDA 130)
Conversations@PAM, USC Pacific Asia Museum
Join us for a discussion centered around refugee stories and the impact of displacement through the experiences of exhibited artist Ann Le, Phung Huynh, and Pulitzer-Winning Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. Conversation moderated by filmmaker Quyên Nguyen-Le.
October 13, 2019 @ 5PM
Reconciling Homelands: The Search for Belonging Among Refugee Communities
“How do you make peace with not having a homeland?” That is the resonant question posed by the protagonist of Hoài (Ongoing, Memory) and one that confronts the 65.6 million who have been forcibly displaced around the world. For Vietnamese Americans and many other refugee/immigrant communities, the search for safety and belonging is often met with violence and trauma, inflicted both internally and externally. With the roiling debate surrounding refugees, immigration, and who we are as a nation, the stories of refugees are vital in putting a microscope on society and forcing us to reckon with country's founding principles etched on the Statue of Liberty. Using Seadrift and Hoài (Ongoing, Memory) to frame our discussion, we will examine the past and present experiences of refugee and immigrant communities and how they reconcile their identities, cultures, and lives in a new home that doesn’t fully accept them. We will also hear about the current state of immigration policies and the work to empower these communities in Orange County by VietRise in order to chart a path forward.
October 13, 2018
March 11, 2018
The Power of Stories: Vietnamese Women in Films, Viet Film Festival
Panelists: Ngo Thanh Van, Pham Thi Hong Anh, Cao Thuy Nhi, Loan Hoang, Hanh Nguyen, Ngoc Thanh Tam, and Quyên Nguyen-Le
On the Queer Horizon, Outfest Fusion
Post-Screening Q&A Moderator. From a mysterious missing cactus to a psych ward demon, and from terrible lovers to loving terribly, this set of uniquely visionary work ventures into the strange, unknown – and sometimes just plain weird – to tell deeply intimate stories that inspire our imagination. Featuring a diverse slate of stories across time, space, and genres, these films are united by their peculiar prowess to evoke profound reflection. If we look close enough, we might just catch a glimpse of what’s gleaming beyond the horizon.
Quyên is available for screenings + q&a's, panels, and guest lectures.