The Watermelon Woman
The Watermelon Woman (1997)

Lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye wrote, directed and starred in this comic chronicle of a young filmmaker's obsession with an obscure actress from the '40s. Cheryl really wants to make a movie, but cannot find a suitable subject.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 30, 2000
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Emanuel Levy

The narrative, abot a black lesbian director, is elliptical and circular, borrowing its format from Jim McBride's seminal David Holtzman's Diary, at the end of which, the viewers realize they have been watching a fake documentary.

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Walter M.
Even though "The Watermelon Woman" is quite unpolished, writer-director Cheryl Dunye still manages to create a realistic fictional history in it to… More