THE WATERMELON WOMAN//Chéries-Chéris 2020

14 Nov 2020 17:15
→ 14 Nov 2020 19:25
mk2 Beaubourg
50 rue Rambuteau - Paris
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United States. 1996. 90 '. Fiction. VOSTF.
Director and screenplay: Cheryl Dunye.
With: Cheryl Dunye, Guenevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Sarah Schulman.

Cheryl decides to be a director and insists that her first film is about black women because their stories are never told. She begins to investigate a 1930s actress playing stereotypical roles who is only ever credited in the credits as The Watermelon Woman. At the same time, she works in a video store with her friend Tamara, also a lesbian. When a young white woman, Diana, takes a subscription to the store, a romantic relationship begins.

An emblematic work of New Queer Cinema, The Watermelon Woman emerges as the work that crystallizes the effervescence of a community of black and lesbian filmmakers on the east coast. But it is also the apogee of the "Cheryl Dunye style" which can be recognized by its recurring themes: questioning of desire between black and white in lesbian couples, identity tensions within black groups, and a very specific form of setting. scene of itself. His way of addressing the camera and replaying the making of the film produces an intoxicating round trip between fiction and documentary. This coming and going takes on a particular dimension during this campaign against the invisibility of black lesbians in the history of images.

The screening will be followed by a debate in the presence of Anne Delabre, journalist, author and programmer of the film club Le 7e genre, and Anne Crémieux, lecturer.

Saturday Nov. 14 5:15 p.m. ›› MK2 Beaubourg