Assistant Professor Cheryl Dunye's Films Inspired by Richness, Social Justice, Injustice

Thursday, September 18, 2014
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- When new Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye could not find any documentation of African American lesbians in the history of black cinema, she found inspiration to create an archive of her own. More than 30 years later, Dunye has made numerous films focusing on different forms of oppression that exist, which she explained as intersectionality to participants of a Women and Gender Studies lecture Thursday afternoon. Most recently, she won the award for Best Short Film at Frameline, San Francisco’s international LGBT film festival. “I am very honored and grateful for this award especially since it was one chosen by the audience,” Dunye said. Frameline’s festival audience assumed responsible for selecting the winner of Best Short Film since 1984. Dunye has also been nominated for the Iris Prize Festival for Best LGBT Film in the world.