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Movie: The Watermelon Woman
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eccentricweft wrote in lgbtq_recs
The Watermelon Woman is an almost-one-woman show by black lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, who wrote, directed, and had the lead in this film about... an aspiring black lesbian filmmaker named Cheryl Dunye.

Like The Art Lover which I'll review next, The Watermelon Woman breaks the 'fourth wall' between the audience and the fiction, both in the construction of the main character and when Cheryl-the-character speaks directly to us, the audience, about the progress of her first film project.

Her goal is to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s whose film appearances -- always limited to servant roles -- were only ever listed in the credits as "The Watermelon Woman." Cheryl uncovers the actress's real name, and gradually tracks down her friends and fellow entertainers. The Watermelon Woman's life choices, as described by those close to her, begin to illuminate Cheryl's life and friendships.

I've seen this film twice; I liked it really a lot. It's both serious and funny, and includes some affectionate but not sentimental glimpses of the women's community that rang true for me. Netflix and Amazon have The Watermelon Woman and a compilation (which I haven't seen) called The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye.
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Just thought I'd let you know: I finally found an inexpensive copy of this film on Amazon Japan, and I'm looking forward to seeing it. Thank you for the rec!

Oh that's awesome! So glad you found it.

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