Lan Nguyen is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and was raised in Long Beach, California. She is an award-winning filmmaker, community organizer, and educator. She is active in community organizing in progressive Southeast Asian American spaces and issues surrounding incarceration and deportation.


Lan utilizes documentary filmmaking as a tool for community organizing and social change. She has directed several short films about social justice issues, which have been screened in festivals, community centers, and universities. Lan’s work has earned her recognition as a 2019 NeXt Doc Fellow and Critical Refugee Studies Collective grantee, and her film Fighting For Family received the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary in 2020.


Lan also teaches ethnic studies to high school and college students at California State University, Long Beach and Long Beach Poly High School. Lan is currently participating in the Ethnic Studies Teacher Residency Program at San Jose State University.