A young black lesbian filmmaker probes into the life of The Watermelon Woman, a 1930s black actress who played “mammy” archetypes.
Cheryl Dunye established her own style of filmmaking, “Dunyementary”, by mixing the narrative structure of a feature film with a personal documentary. The Watermelon Woman portrays a director who makes a documentary about black actors in silent films by humorously connecting sexual identity and film history. Dunye made a political choice to make a new history for black women's films and to create a non-existent genealogy using the feature film as a tool. This film was recorded in history as the first feature film directed by an African-American lesbian after the term New Queer Cinema emerged in the 1990s, and was the winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival 1996. (Sung MOON)
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