The Farewell Post-Film Discussion

In one of the most celebrated breakout films of 2019, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell finds the Chinese-American Billi (Awkwafina, adding dramatic skills to her already-accomplished resume) heading to China to see her beloved Nai Nai (a delightful Shuzhen Zhao). Nai Nai (“grandma” in Chinese) was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, but, not wanting to alarm her, the family stages a wedding as an excuse to get everyone together one last time, so as to keep Nai Nai in the dark about her illness. Based on Wang’s real-life experience, this humous yet affecting tale of a "good lie" celebrates the strengthening power of family that redefines us as more than mere individuals.

The Farewell is available to watch for free on two leading streaming services: Amazon Prime subscribers can go here, and it is also available on Kanopy, accessible with many library cards, here. Otherwise, patrons can rent it digitally on most platforms for a price between $1-4.

Watch The Farewell in advance and then join in on this post-film discussion and Q&A by clicking here. This free event is on November 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Dr. Ling Zhang, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at State University of New York, Purchase College. All are welcome!

Co-organized by the Webster Film Series and the Confucius Institute at Webster University

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

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