Stories from the Heart of Public Education: Nicole

2024, Short Documentary

Release Year: 2024
Director: Kim (Thien) Dinh
Producer: SEIU Communications Department Produced and Line Break Media
Editor: Line Break Media

K-12 support staff are at the very heart of the public education system, and of the community at large. Yet, they are also some of the most overlooked essential workers. Nicole, a public school cafeteria employee in Minneapolis shares about her frontline job critical to the well-being of her community, why being part of a union matters, and why she thinks that it’s time for workers across industries to unite and rise up to demand a better world.


About the director

Thien (Kim) Dinh

Kim (Thien) Dinh (they/them) is a cultural worker, illustration artist, and filmmaker based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kim was born and grew up in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14.

As a movement artist, Kim focuses on storytelling to move people into action. Kim’s past works include producing social justice campaign media, and as an illustrator for the docuseries “How We Take Root”, Southeast Asian Resettlement Stories in Philadelphia (premiered at Tribeca in 2023).

As an organizer, Kim has spent the last 10 years in the labor and immigrant rights movements as a communicator, storyteller, and organizer.