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The Watermelon Woman
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Cheryl Dunye


A black independent filmmaker and video store clerk is enthralled by the evocative image of a "mammy" in a woman-directed plantation movie from the early days of cinema--and by rumors that the actress and the director were lovers. Intent on discovering a little lesbian-filmmaker history, she begins a personal quest to uncover the mammy's identity, much to the confusion of her white, middle-class girlfriend. Features a guest bit by Paglia as herself, pontificating on the rich symbolism of mammies and watermelons.

GENRES - comedy, drama, glbt