July 18, 2019 · 7:00 PM · TIFF Bell Lightbox
Chinese-born American Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to her homeland to find that her grandmother has just weeks to live. Although her entire family knows the prognosis, they have decided not to tell their beloved matriarch. As everyone gathers under the guise of an expedited wedding, Billi must navigate a minefield of family expectations but also finds there’s a lot to celebrate: her chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. Writer-director Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is a heartfelt celebration of how family can unite and strengthen us — often in spite of ourselves.
Before co-starring in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina starred in Bad Rap, which screened at Reel Asian in 2016. Reel Asian is pleased to be a community partner for this event which includes a post-screening Q&A between writer/director Lulu Wang and Cameron Bailey.