Cheryl Dunye

1990, 10:00 minutes, colour, English


Janine is a video about one black woman's resolution with a relationship in her past. Cheryl Dunye candidly tells the story of her friendship with Janine, a white upper-middle class girl she met in high school. She discusses her struggle for acceptance in Janine's world, despite their racial and sexual differences. Through Dunye's use of direct address and visual metaphor, we soon realize that her experiences are much like our own. This is what gives Janine its power and makes it a video worth seeing.

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Critical Writing

Black Women Together: Visiting Video Artist Takes a New Approach
by Diane Thibault. Xtra!, May 1, 1992, no. 167.
Learning How to Laugh: Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye at Image et Nation,...
by Judith Nicholson. Rites, Jan. 1992, no. 76.
Female Persuasions
by Julianne Pidduck. Montreal Mirror, Jan. 23, 1992.
Gay and Lesbian Film Fest Suddenly a Must
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Apr. 30, 1992, v. 11, no. 35.