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The Watermelon Woman 

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Cheryl, a young black lesbian, works a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical "mammy" roles relegated to black actresses during that period. This was the first feature film directed by an "out" black lesbian.
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Incluvie Movie Critiques


Chrissy Saul
November 04, 2020
5.0
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This semi-autobiographical film is an underappreciated classic of Black and LGBT cinema. Director and star Cheryl Dunye examines many themes that are both political and deeply personal: the erasure and repression of LGBT identities, damaging stereotypes about Black women, the unique challenges facing Black people in interracial same-gender relationships, the joy and frustration of working to recover your culture's history. And yet, despite the depth and scope of these issues, the film never feels bloated or preachy. Dunye's directing style is subtle but powerful, with artistic touches that compel the audience to think instead of giving us easy answers. I especially appreciate her recreation of historical photographs, which both lends the film realism and comments on the dearth of documentation about Black LGBT history.

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Cheryl, a young black lesbian, works a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical "mammy" roles relegated to black actresses during that period. This was the first feature film directed by an "out" black lesbian.

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Genre:Drama, Comedy, Romance
Directed By:Cheryl Dunye
Written By:Cheryl Dunye
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Runtime:85 minutes
Studio:Dancing Girl

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