︎Xen Nhà︎︎

documentary maker + writer


︎Fly in Power

︎disorganising Workbook

︎In Living Memory 





In Living Memory

short film – Dir. Quyên Nguyen-Le

    After the closure of their mother’s nail salon at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a queer filmmaker works with their mother to recover and articulate the legacy of the salon for their refugee family.

"Cathy’s Nails was shuttered during the pandemic. Weaving documentary, performance, installation, sculpture, and an awe-inspiring archive of home videos, this film presents a living practice of memory between Cathy’s Nails’ intrepid entrepreneur, her child, and their chosen family." - SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

This film was commissioned as part of World Channel x PBS Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond short film series.

The film was premiered at the Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Film Festival (2022) and has been screened at  CAAMFest (2022), New Orleans Film Festival (2023), San Diego Film Festival (2023) and Seattle Asian American Film Festival (2023).


Production Team

Producer – Kristy Choi
Director – Quyên Nguyen-Le
Director of Photography – Corey Cao Nguyen
Supervising Sound Designer + Editor – Xen Nhà
Editors –  Nancy Nguyen & Quyên Nguyen-Le