(born May 13, 1966)
A Liberian-American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actor. Dunye’s work often concerns themes of race, sexuality, and gender, particularly issues relating to black lesbians.
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The Watermelon Woman is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film written, directed, and edited by Cheryl Dunye. It stars Dunye as Cheryl, a young black lesbian working a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical “mammy” roles relegated to black actresses during the period. It was the first feature film directed by a black lesbian and is considered a landmark in New Queer Cinema.
“Funny and smart, full of biting humour and astute observations about identity and history, Cheryl Dunye’s audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies.” Village Voice
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