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Movie Quote of the Day – The Watermelon Woman, 1996 (dir. Cheryl Dunye)


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Cheryl: Hi, I’m Cheryl and I’m a filmmaker. Uh, no, I’m not really a filmmaker, but I have a videotaping business with my friend Tamara and I work at a video store, so I’m working on being a filmmaker. The problem is I don’t know what I want to make a film on. I know it has to be about black women because our stories have never been told, so I’ve been renting movies — no, I haven’t been renting movies, but I get movies from the video store I work at and I’ve taken out all these films from the 30s and 40s with black actresses in them, like, um Hattie McDaniel and Louise Beavers and um, in these films, in some of these films, the black actresses aren’t even listed in the credits and I was just totally shocked by that.

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