AWI Short Film Competition

Sal Tran

In this short documentary a queer, nonbinary, Vietnamese filmmaker reflects on staying grounded and empowered through battles with suicidal depression and PTSD.


Content heads up: mentions of: sexual violence, suicide attempts, systemic oppression, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

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Director: Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh is an award-winning San Francisco-based filmmaker and photographer from Honolulu, Hawai’i. She has a passion for social activism and frequently operates as a one-woman production crew, striving to shed a spotlight on untold stories that inspire and awaken. Sal Tran is the first piece in a documentary series launching Spring 2018 that profiles artists with lived experience of mental health issues. You can follow this project and view more of her work at

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