“The Farewell” stars actress Awkwafina as a struggling artist, Billi, who travels from the U.S. to China to see her dying grandmother with stage 4 lung cancer.
Wang earlier shared with the Huffington Post that she wanted to tell a story behind “a family that both feels very Chinese, but also still feels very, very American — and in a character that feels very, like, iconic New Yorker.”
When she pitched her story to producers and executives, however, many tried to categorize it as either Chinese or American.
It was producer Chris Weitz who saw Wang’s vision after hearing her share the story on an episode of “This American Life” in 2016. To help Wang realize her vision of incorporating the two cultures in the film, Weitz helped in securing its funding.
The movie is currently on limited release slowly expanding to a few more markets until its nationwide launch on Aug. 2.