Premieres nationwide tonight, May 3 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Tune in early to see a moving tribute to James Redford before the film begins.
Join us on Facebook for a special film discussion with Amy Tan. Moderated by Stephen Gong, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
American Masters—Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in February 2021 to audiences and media that embraced Tan’s story of personal trauma and her use of creative expression to build resiliency. The film is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking writer that interweaves archival imagery, including home movies and personal photographs, animation and original interviews to tell the story of Tan’s life and career.
The film was also noted because of the collaboration between Amy Tan and James Redford which allowed Tan to open up to the documentary filmmaker and freely share traumatic details of her past because, she says, she trusted him.
“One of the things that was very key in working with Jamie, and his asking me the questions, I perceived very early on that this was a film about us. It wasn’t just a film about me. It was about him. It was about the people who would watch this film. It was about trauma, pain, the past, childhood, things that were not understood, things that nobody ever apologized for, that you felt slighted. And it was about resilience and hope, that you can change the past, you can change also what is happening now,” says Tan.