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Crosscurrents

Musician Thao Nguyen on her movie tribute to her mother, "Nobody Dies"

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Thao Nguyen is known for her music, and for the band she's led for the past 10 years — Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

NPR and Paste Magazine picked her last album, "A Man Alive," as one of the best albums of 2016 — and this year, Thao has a movie coming out.

It’s called "Nobody Dies," a documentary of Thao’s travels with her mother, Nhan Nguyen, in Vietnam, by director Todd Krolczyk. This was Thao’s first-ever trip to the country, and Nhan’s first time back since she left as a refugee in 1973.

"It was so incredible to see my mom just so at ease and so confident. She had this swagger, which I had never seen before."

"Nobody Dies" premieres September 7 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, hosted by the Center For Asian American Media, and will be broadcast on PBS this fall.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs is a reporter and editor for Crosscurrents. Since 2012, Ninna has worn a variety of hats at KALW - she was both a producer and event planner for Localore project Hear Here. Ninna also programmed and organized the Sights and Sounds live events - two in Bayview, and most recently, one in East Oakland.