Early Works of Cheryl Dunye, The
Early Works of Cheryl Dunye, The
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Before Cheryl Dunye directed her controversial, Berlinale-approved breakthrough, The Watermelon Woman, "the lesbian Spike Lee" (Newsday) was practicing a film form that became known as the "Dunyementary." These experimental shorts blended narrative, documentary, gay, feminist, and African film traditions into a distinct, delightful whole. This set includes: Janine (1990), about a black lesbian's affair with a rich, white high school girl; She Don't Fade (1991), a self-reflexive film about black lesbian sexuality; Vanilla Sex (1992), about you guessed it; The Potluck and the Passion (1993), in which a couple holds a potluck dinner that turns into a free-form debate about politics and ethnicity; An Untitled Portrait (1993), a humorous video montage inspired by her brother; and Greetings From Africa (1994), "a winsome comic confessional...Dunye is so endearing that I felt privileged to spend 8 minutes in her company." Cheryl Dunye---USA---1990-1994---80 mins.

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