“sometimes you have to create your own history” - Cheryl Dunye
a really entertaining and heartfelt film that brings to life the importance of representation through Cheryl’s quest to uncover who the “Watermelon Women” really was. Though Fae Richards is fictitious, the film brings about that wondrous feeling of discovery and validation in finding others like you (another lesbian, black actor/filmmaker). At the same time, it shows how unauthentic representations can warp people’s identities and their societal perception.
The aesthetics of the film are quite picturesque at times and there’s a wonderful blend between the “documentary” footage and present day. also the 90s design of the film is nicely present but not overwhelming or campy.
I highly recommend this film to everyone, whether for the social message or just for an interesting film to enjoy.