OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILM BAO OFFERS SAVOURY BITE OF CANADIAN FILMMAKER’S CHILDHOOD CULTURE

Animated short film director Domee Shi: 'I'm so happy it gets more exposure now'

Domee Shi, director of the Oscar-nominated short film, Bao, says she's proud to represent her Chinese-Canadian heritage and culture through her work. (Tijana Martin/Canadian Press)

The Academy Award-nominated animated short film, Bao, is putting a spotlight on Canadian director Domee Shi, but when it comes to the Oscars, there are far more pressing questions.

“What do I wear? What’s going to happen? What are the after parties like?” she asks, adding in a question that fits right in with her story. “Is the food good?”

Pixar’s Bao, which played on theatre screens in 2018 before the main showcase, The Incredibles 2, is an eight-minute animation morsel about an empty-nester granted a second chance when one of her dumplings springs to life. The film is an homage to aging parents, Chinese culture and Shi’s multicultural hometown of Toronto.

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