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The Watermelon Woman
Drama
 
 
The first film by and about an African-American lesbian, writer-director Cheryl Dunye's fantasy is a mockumentary, focusing on recapturing the life and times of a fictionalized 1930s Hollywood actress. Dunye plays herself as a video store employee who yearns to be a director. She decides to make a documentary about Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson), a forgotten African-American actress from the 1930s. Dunye discovers the woman, who often played degrading roles as a mammy in Hollywood films, was the secret lover of a white director, Martha Paige. Dunye interviews feminist historian Camille Paglia (playing herself), who explains Richards' career and its importance. While researching the project, Dunye falls in love with Diana (Guinevere Turner), a white customer. But her unceasing work on the film project interferes with her relationships with Diana and also with her friend and fellow video store employee Tamara (Valarie Walker).~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide Rated No Rating .
Cast: Guinevere Turner, Cheryl Dunye, Valerie Walker
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Directed by: Cheryl Dunye
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Running time: 1hr 30min
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