AFI Movie Club: THE FAREWELL – American Film Institute
The Farewell Film Still - Tzi Ma, Han Chen, Aoi Mizuhara, Hong Lu, Diana Lin, Jing Zhang, Awkwafina, and Yongbo Jiang



THE FAREWELL received a 2019 AFI AWARD, recognizing it as culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. Star Awkwafina was also one of the guests at AFI’s Indie Contenders Roundtable at the 2019 AFI FEST Presented by Audi.


Movie Trivia about THE FAREWELL

-DID YOU KNOW that when THE FAREWELL opened in limited release, it beat out AVENGERS: ENDGAME for the year’s biggest per-theater average.

-DID YOU KNOW that director Lulu Wang first shared the story behind THE FAREWELL on the radio program THIS AMERICAN LIFE in a segment titled “What You Don’t Know”?

-DID YOU KNOW that screenwriter Chris Weitz heard Lulu Wang’s appearance on THIS AMERICAN LIFE and reached out to her on Twitter to meet her? By the end of their first call, he agreed that his production company would help produce a film version of the story.

-DID YOU KNOW that Lulu Wang was hesitant about casting Awkwafina in the lead role? The CRAZY RICH ASIANS and OCEAN’S EIGHT actress was primarily known as a rapper and comedian at the time – but Wang was convinced that she could play the part after seeing Awkwafina’s audition tape.

-DID YOU KNOW Lulu Wang’s great-aunt portrays herself in THE FAREWELL?

-DID YOU KNOW the film was shot in Lulu Wang’s hometown? When her real-life grandmother (and inspiration for the story) would visit the set, the cast and crew had to play along with the ongoing deception regarding her illness! Wang’s real-life grandmother ultimately found out about the secret when the film was released in China?



The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram now using #AFIMovieClub. Or post your responses in the comment section below.
-Is there such a thing as a good lie?

-Have you ever lied to someone to save them from the possible pain of knowing the truth?

-How do the different families approach the lie? Is the approach different between those who moved to America and those who remained in China?

-Why is the dinner table such a great place for families to bond?

-What makes THE FAREWELL so relatable to audiences?

-How would you rate THE FAREWELL?

Watch director Lulu Wang talk about the film in this exclusive AFI Archive clip :

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