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Pixar’s Wind is a Korean Grandmother’s legacy

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The story of Wind, the latest short film from Pixar’s Sparkshort program, is the inspiration of director Edwin Chang.

Meaww reports Chang created an underground world where a grandmother and grandson are trapped. They can’t get out and are forced to live on rocks. No rock is their permanent home as the wind keeps the rocks floating and forces them to move from boulder to boulder. They are determined to get out.

“It’s a metaphor for Korea, a metaphor for immigration, but personally it was inspired by my grandmother,” Chang explains to ABC7. “She was a single mother after the Korean War, and it’s inspired by everything she did to take care of her kids and my dad, feed them, educate them and eventually sending them all the way to the U.S. for a new life.”

Fiction yes, but definitely based on reality

“This makes it feel real. This really has consequences. It’s a real place,” he said.

Unfortunately Chang’s grandmother never got to see her grandson’s finished product. She died before the film could be completed, but she remains vivid through Wind and in Chang’s mind.

Meaww reports the film will leave you teary-eyed. Wind can be seen on the Disney Plus streaming service.

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