United States, America, Jessi Hempel discussed on Hello Monday by LinkedIn


So we got you know a three course meal delivered to our house with a bottle of wine and the link to the film to watch it but you know at the end of the. What was that like? What was that experience like other than novel? A little weird you know is really it was nice. It was like you know Friday night movie and to have this meal that we We we didn't choose it. They just said. Are you allergic to anything? And it was just we'd been cooking for ourselve- like for the last two weeks. It was nice to get something new and different and so that was a nice surprise. Did did you have the feeling that you were watching it with other people at the same time? No that's the thing that you cannot replicate because at the end of the day when you're watching it at home you can still hit pause to go to the bathroom. You can control the condition under which you're watching it. You're not hearing the collective gasp the collective laughter the collective tears and for me I remember so distinctly the first time we screen the publicly was at the premiere at Sundance and it was at the eccles theatre which is like really like a student auditorium so it has all these weird echoes and stuff. But it's kind of infamous experience of that that theater and so you really really see the room resonates and I didn't WanNa stay for it. I was so nervous that I wanted to leave and and Kim mutiny. The head of the festival said you have to stay and it's an experienced this you know so. I did and I remember like the first ten minutes when the room laughed. It was this like I visibly like fell or viscerally. Felt this sense of relief because the whole room just laughed and there. Was this lightness. Even though it's such a dark subject matter and I knew that it was going to be okay and you just can't replicate that at home. How do you think that this period of our lives is going to change your work? Well it's already changing a lot of things because any speech that I wrote before all of this happened that I was going to do a keynote. Honor a tedtalk on. I have to reevaluate you. Know because the context of the importance of what I'm talking about has shifted and so I have to reevaluate what things I want to talk about and I'm not and I don't know the answer to that yet but it's also affected the kind of stories I want to tell for. Sure like my priorities. In my life have become focused in a different way when you sort of downsize. Right everything you you you kind of really cheap have to think about what is important in. Your Life. Let's talk about the farewelled just a couple of minutes. Lou was one of my very favorite movies last year and it did such a such an elegant job at speaking to two cultures at once. And now we're going through a period in the US where Chinese Americans are under a lot more pressure and more hate is being directed toward them than previously. And I'm curious if it makes you. Think differently about the work that you created last year. It's underscored the importance of what I was trying to explore. Because I'm experiencing it now on a much greater scale right so here in America we talk a lot about the hate For Chinese Americans and because people are ignorant They clump everyone together. So it's more Asian Americans So they might see somebody Japanese or Korean and just think that they're Chinese And so you know. There's a lot of ignorance but what I also experienced that maybe not everybody is experiencing in America is that it goes the other way too right. Which is that. A lot of Chinese are hating Americans because the narrative that they're being fed is that Americans brought the disease over there And now in Hong Kong you know. They've really contained disease but people returning from abroad Students ETC FROM EUROPE FROM AMERICA. Coming back or bringing the disease the virus back in and so they're having a second wave of it And so it's again it's It's this disorder pointing fingers back and forth end It's a lot of it has to do with media and how they're forming the narrative for their citizens And it's honestly creating a lot of divides within my family because I have family in America at family in China and based on the news that they're hearing the stories that they're hearing they're going to direct their anger in a different place and as the person once again in the middle who's trying to bring peace and say hey guys like with all of so many people dying in the world. Are we really going to sit here and fight over whose fault it is because if you know if if one of US somebody got sick and And they were no longer here. Is that the last that you WanNa have that you spend you know on some kind of video chat arguing about whose which nations fault. This all is So yeah it's it's very relevant and I think more than ever it's about a global community coming together. We'll we'll keep reading. Thank you so much for taking the time with US. Lulu thank you. That was Lulu Wong. She wrote and directed the farewell. If you're looking for a good quarantine film and you haven't watched it yet or even if you have. I highly recommend watching it special. Thanks this week to Madison. Shaffer for producing this bonus episode. I'm Jessi Hempel. Thanks for listening. Keep your distance but stay social. See You on Monday..

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