Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Year: 2021
Language: English
Run Time: 103 minutes

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

AMY TAN: UNINTENDED MEMOIR is an intimate and candid profile examining the life and work of Amy Tan, famed author of The Joy Luck Club. Tan candidly describes her journey to become a writer, detailing traumatic childhood memories riddled with chaos, loss, and grief, as well as recounting the life experiences and people who shaped her. Similar memories and details are found in her works' pages, cleverly tucked into her fictional worlds' narratives describing universal family experiences. This distinct trait of her writing is reflected in the documentary's structure. The film creatively weaves Tan's interviews, public talks, film footage, narrated memoir readings, and animated memories into a cohesive and insightful portrait of this trailblazing writer. The late James Redford’s final film, this documentary is an intricate look at what shapes us, how truth can inform fictional work, and the cyclical and interconnected nature of an artist's life and art. — R.R.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Pan-Asian Cinema
Women of the World

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition


James Redford

Karen Pritzker, Cassandra Jabola

John Behrens

Jeff Boyette

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Cuyahoga County Public Library

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