This year’s Sundance Film Festival is taking on a new, virtual format — the event will screen 71 films, representing 29 countries and 38 first-time feature filmmakers.
Cultural intersectionality is a big theme in this year’s list, which features several Chinese-American stories. Three films to look for include “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir” highlighting Chinese American author, @amytanwriter, “TRY HARDER!” displaying the American college admission process from the perspective of Asian American teens and “In the Same Breath” tracking the spread of COVID-19 after being identified in Wuhan, China.
1. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, has become one of the United States’ most respected and influential literary voices. In the festival’s featured documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir, director James Redford speaks to generations of Tan’s family to reveal the heart of her creative practice, and the life that led her to it.
2. TRY HARDER!
TRY HARDER! dives deep into the reality behind the American college application process, and the intersections of class, race, and educational opportunity.
3. In the Same Breath
In the Same Breath portrays the spread of Covid-19 after first being identified in Wuhan, China. The film joins others — such as the Oscar-qualifying cut-and-paste documentary 76 Days, and China-produced Days and Nights in Wuhan — in tackling the bombshell early moments of last year’s outbreak.