After bringing home an Oscar in 2019 for her animated short Bao, Domee Shi returned to her well of childhood experiences for Turning Red.
Due to a family blessing/curse, 13-year-old Chinese Canadian Meilin (Rosalie Chang) transforms into a red panda whenever she experiences strong emotions, which is less than ideal for a teenager.
Using Mei as a surrogate character, Shi replicates her childhood experience of struggling to please her mother as she entered adolescence.
The film’s portrayal of the mother-daughter relationship sparked dialogues between teens and parents going through the same experience and gave Shi a chance to become closer with her own mother. DEADLINE: When we spoke on nomination day, you mentioned what this nomination meant to the Asian community.Read more on deadline.com