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THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

USA, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Documentaries)

Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

"When a character as vivacious and outgoing as Tammy Faye Bakker Messner captures the media spotlight, it is easy to look past her humanity. Everyone is aware of her as a personality, but how many feel they really know her? Don't you think it's about time you cared? Few Americans have had lives as intensely publicised, or have been so adored and reviled, as Tammy Faye. In an expertly crafted and highly entertaining film, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato chronicle her storybook life, full of tragedy and triumph. They recount her rise, alongside husband Jim to national fame as Christian television's biggest stars. Her world came crashing down in one of the century's most inaccurately publicised scandals, polarising Christians, destroying the PTL Church, sending Jim to prison, ultimately undoing their marriage and sending Tammy Faye into seclusion. She is a woman of intense contradictions and unique style, a singer of great joy, and one of the most public weepers of all time A revealing portrait of a fascinating woman and a world full of shocking scandals, million-dollar lies and funny puppets."—Sundance Film Festival


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