lifestyle • 03 Apr, 2017
Charlie Nguyen Talks The Power of Stories at TEDxRMIT
Director Inspires Youth to ‘Think Big, Think Different’
Vietnamese-American film director Charlie Nguyen has shared his thoughts on storytelling to an audience of students at RMIT Vietnam’s TEDx ‘Think Big, Think Different’ event last Friday night.
Explaining how a 1976 screening of Clint Eastwood's 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' changed his life, Charlie detailed his personal journey as a member of what he called Vietnam’s ‘Generation 1.5’, which included moving to America and being the ‘only Asian kid’ in school.
Realising quickly that the most powerful story he had to offer was his own, he said that getting all of this ‘inner confusion’ out, culminated in the release of his 2007 hit film, ‘The Rebel’, starring his younger brother Johnny.
“This is my story on the screen” he told the audience, “it’s not fictional.”
Chatting to AnyArena after the event, Charlie spoke of the stories he still see's everyday, from the kid in the alley to his last uber driver, and said that our ability to find them is only limited by our individual willingness to engage.
“I see stories everywhere,” he said. “Everyday I go outside and I just watch people, and I see that everyone has a story, only yet to be told.”
Talking about the art of filmmaking, he said that that getting an audience to emotionally engage with these stories was about making them feel something. “Sympathy is an option”, he explained “but empathy is a must.”
Also featuring the likes of ELLE Vietnam Creative Director Dzung Yoko, ultra-runner Thanh Vu and former ELLE magazine Head of Marketing Ha Mi Tran, the event was all about inspiring the next generation of creators, marketers and no doubt the odd aspiring filmmaker.
For more information about all of the speakers, go to the TEDxRMIT facebook page here.
Words by jonaspin
Photos by Huy