Watermelon Woman, The (Criterion Blu-Ray)
Watermelon Woman, The (Criterion Blu-Ray)
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Prompting an infamous little ruckus at the NEA because of its interracial lesbian lovemaking scene, Cheryl Dunye's startlingly fresh debut is a film within a film. Dunye, playing herself, is a young black woman making a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress known as "the Watermelon Woman." As Cheryl doggedly researches Fae''s life, she discovers that the actress had a romance with her white lesbian filmmaker. Like Fae, Cheryl has an affair with a white woman, Diana (Guinevere Turner, Go Fish), and both Fae and Cheryl question this attraction.

Cheryl Dunye---USA---1997---93 mins.

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