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Watermelon Man

Melvin van Peebles (USA; 1970;15 )

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Sun 21 November // 19:30 / Cinema

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Pioneering maverick of Black representation in Hollywood, Melvin Van Peebles is at his excoriating best with a satire about white privilege, Black subjectivity and liberal white racism. The story centres on a white bigot (played in whiteface by comic Godfrey Cambridge) waking up one morning and discovering he has become Black. Van Peebles artfully channels the tensions between his vision and that of the Hollywood studio behind the production into a powerful and subversive critique of America's racial narratives, 'making whiteness strange' as Richard Dyer said.

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This screening is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network