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

Courtesy of the Center For Asian American Media

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.

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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.