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Time for some ‘Watermelon,’ and one of the best queer movies ever

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Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.Strange how Cheryl Dunye, one of the great lesbian filmmakers of our time, has had such a low-profile career.

After a series of short and experimental films, Dunye arrived on the New Queer Cinema scene with her rom-com/drama The Watermelon Woman, which combined scripted and documentary film techniques into a meta-narrative that walks the line between reality and fantasy.The film stars Dunye as Cheryl, an alternate-reality version of herself: a black lesbian film enthusiast.

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