“Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó (Grandma & Grandma)”
Nǎi Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.
In February of 2021, I moved back home to the Bay Area. The year I spent living there was the longest period of time that I’ve spent at home since leaving for college, and the most time that I’ve spent together with my grandmothers, ever. My grandmothers are the purest form of joy in my life. My days with them are always full of laughter, dancing and a life-affirming youthful energy, despite their old age. However, the joyful experience of living with them was contrasted by the reality of anti-Asian hate crimes happening in our country. Every news article I saw of someone attacking the elderly in our community made me think of my own grandmothers – and how anybody could commit such an inhumane act of violence against someone like them. This film is a reaction to the hateful anti-Asian rhetoric, a celebration of my grandmothers' lives, and my way of sharing their humanity with the world. Introducing: my Nǎi Nai 奶奶 & Wài Pó 外婆. I hope you love them as much as I love them.