Disney+ has released the trailer for the award-winning short film Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó which will begin streaming next month on Disney+ and Hulu.
The documentary short film follows filmmaker Sean Wang’s two grandmothers and is spoken in both Mandarin and English.
The film premiered at the SXSW film festival, where it took home the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Since then, it has gone on to receive Grand Jury Awards at AFI Fest and SIFF 2023, a slot on the IDA Shortlist and Special Jury Recognition at LAAPFF 2023, among other accolades.
“Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó” will be in the first installment of Disney’s “People and Places” relaunch, a revival of Walt Disney’s documentary film series in the 1950s and 1960s. The collection of short documentary films will feature a mix of up-and-coming and established filmmakers telling the real-life stories of extraordinary people and places from around the globe that embody the Disney ethos.
“‘Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó’ embodies the essence of Walt Disney’s storytelling legacy with its deep emotional impact and focus on family,” said Marjon Javadi, vice president of original documentaries at Disney Branded Television. “As we celebrate 100 years of The Walt Disney Company, Sean Wang reminds us, through his grandmothers’ beautiful relationship, that we can find magic in the every day at any age.”
“This multigenerational story follows this grandma super team that dances, stretches and farts their sorrows away,” Disney noted in a release, adding that the relaunched People & Places “will feature a mix of up-and-coming and established filmmakers telling the real-life stories of extraordinary people and places from around the globe that embody the Disney ethos.”
Dialogue in the film is in Mandarin and English. Sean Wang directs and produces. The film is also produced by Sam Davis (Academy Award-winning short Period. End of Sentence.) and Emmy-nominee Malcolm Pullinger. Joyce N. Ho designed and animated the film title, subtitles, and end credits.
Check out the trailer below: