The Chinese-American film maker Lulu Wang was pressured by potential producers of the film The Farewell to cast more white main characters and to record the film mainly in English.
The Farewell is about a struggling artist in New York who returns to China to visit her dying grandmother. The story is partly autobiographical and is based on Wang's sick grandmother.
Wang, who emigrated from China to the US at a young age, eventually did not follow the wishes of the producers. "I said: I can't make a film in which the grandmother speaks English, because I don't know what that is like," the filmmaker told Variety.
In the film, which premiered during the Sundance Film Festival, mainly Mandarin is spoken. The cast is of Asian descent and the lead role is played by Awkwafina, who has previously appeared in Crazy Rich Asians , among others .
The film has been shown in American cinemas since last month and can be seen in the Netherlands from November.