I'm pleased to announce that Yunah Hong's fabulous documentary Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words (2010) will be broadcast nationally on PBS during the month of May.
As I mentioned in my review two years ago, the heart of the film is the reenactment of Anna May Wong by actress Doan Ly, who performs excerpts from Anna May's published interviews and personal correspondence, as well as songs from her European stage shows. Some reviewers got hung up over this approach and were unable to make the leap of imagination necessary to see beyond Anna May Wong's iconic facade. But if you can let go of the fact that Doan Ly doesn't look 100% like Anna May, then I think you'll find that she embodies her spirit with a keen sensitivity and emotional depth. (Doan Ly, by the way, has the same smile in her eyes that Anna May had.)
Yunah Hong's documentary brings new life to the story of Anna May Wong and is highly recommended to both diehard fans and curious bystanders. Check out the preview and mark your calendars!
UPDATE 5-20-13: I just noticed that PBS is now streaming the film directly from their website: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365001055/. Not sure if it's viewable for users outside the U.S.