Yangzi She: Eggplant

'Eggplant,' Yangzi She's UCLA thesis animation, tells the story of Durian, a young boy whose facial expression shows the opposite of what he's actually feeling... When he's happy he cries and in moments of great pain and sadness he smiles uncontrollably!

The short is partly inspired by the language barrier issues Yangzi encountered when translating her scripts from Chinese to English, so much subtle emotion and subtext were lost in translation. Without wanting the story to be about specific languages, Yangzi's story centers around the more universal language of expression and emotion.

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