Nailed It

Shared Stories Film Series

MAY 19–23, 2021

About Shared Stories

ArtsEmerson presents Shared Stories, a monthly film series in collaboration with the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF), and the Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) seeking to build community, shared conversation, and experiences through cinema. This pilot series aspires to create a shared space to find commonality across experiences, and encourage the exchange of stories and ideas. 


Nailed It

Pick Your Price: $5 - $25
59 mins | All Ages
In English with Vietnamese subtitles
Director: Adele Pham

Nailed It chronicles the genesis and legacy of the 40 year Vietnamese nail salon and its influence on an $8 billion-dollar American industry. For mixed-race Vietnamese filmmaker Adele Pham it’s personal, as she confronts her cultural conflicts and discovers her place within the community, by peeling back the layers of this niche trade seen by everyone but known to few.



Q&A with filmmaker to follow screening:
Adele Pham, Director
Denise Delgado, Executive Director, Egleston Square Main Streets
Thao Ho, Paralegal & Organizing Fellow, Greater Boston Legal Services
Moderator: Susan Chinsen, Creative Producer/Engagement, Founding Director/Boston Asian American Film Festival Emerson College Office of the Arts, ArtsEmerson
This conversation will be captioned.

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Adele Pham


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Adele Pham

I am a documentary Director/Producer who also shoots fiction narratives. In May '18 Nailed It, my feature documentary about the genesis and culture of the Vietnamese nail salon, premiered at CAAMFest in San Francisco. My vision for Nailed It changed over the course of production. What I didn’t expect was the effect exploring the history of the Vietnamese salon would have on me. As a mixed race, second generation Vietnamese-American woman, there was always a disconnect from my culture, which I inadvertently found a place within by documenting the definitive history of the Vietnamese nail salon. 



Abuela's Luck

Abuela's Luck

Note: This short film can be added separately for 24 hours from MAY 19 @ 7PM - MAY 20 @ 7PM

FREE | 9 mins | Watch the trailer
Ages 13+ | Strong Language
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Ricky Rosario

A young man's relationship with his grandmother is altered forever after a chance visit to his neighborhood bodega.

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