The Watermelon Woman
First screened in July 2003 / Most recently screened in February 2013
Director: Cheryl Dunye. Cast: Cheryl Dunye, Valarie Walker, Guinevere Turner, Lisa Marie Bronson, Shelley Olivier, Gail Lloyd, Cheryl Clarke, Irene Dunye, Camille Paglia, Sarah Schulman, Kat Robertson, V.S. Brodie, Brian Freeman. Screenplay: Cheryl Dunye.

Twitter Capsule: Limited by budget; aspiration sometimes outstrips ability. But real wit and sophistication in its conception.

VOR:   Faux-doc where that form packs real punch. Black lesbian self-representation. Witty complication of what we assume "black history" encompasses. You've seen tons of all three, right?

Ed. Jun 2013: For my fullest treatment of this movie, albeit in a slightly different register of writing, see Chapter 3 of my book The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema, available here from Oxford University Press or here from Amazon.

Photo © 1996 Dancing Girl Productions,
© 1997 First Run Features

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Berlin Film Festival: Teddy Award (Best LGBT Feature)

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