PFR Weekly: “The Watermelon Woman” (1996) and how Humor Bolsters Cultural Commentary

Settle in and get ready to hear Jane, Nathan, and Devin discuss Cheryl Dunye’s masterwork of cultural commentary and humor, The Watermelon Woman (1996).

This weeks episode marks the first time that the crew has turned back the clock to consider a film made decades ago as opposed to the first four episodes where each featured movie was released in the last two years. Why now? The Watermelon Woman was a forgotten classic until its re-release a few years ago, and has since re-emerged as one of the most influential films of the 1990s. Dunye is credited as being the first openly lesbian Black woman to direct a feature film, and her perspective results in a piece that pushes against all manner of filmmaking norms and challenges the viewers very understanding of film history. As a result, this episode has everything and more that we know you’ve come to expect from the crew. Plus, they make it through without one mention of Parasite, so growth right?

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