WATCH: Pioneer Director Cheryl Dunye Breaks Down Key Scenes of ‘Queen Sugar’


“I always say if Game of Thrones can have three seasons of all male directors, why can’t we have three seasons of all women directors?  If they can do it, why can’t we do it? We’re going to center women, because we can and we want to and we’re at a network owned by a woman, so it makes it easier.” – Ava DuVernay

As with the first season, the second season of Queen Sugar has an all-female directorial team, paving the way for helmers new to television. Cheryl Dunye is one of the legendary directors of the second season of the critically acclaimed OWN series.  In the above clip, Dunye breaks down several key scenes of the second episode of season 2.  Check it out!

Dunye began her career with six short films which have been collected on DVD as The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye.  Her feature debut was The Watermelon Woman (1996), a film which explored the history of black women and lesbians in filmand made cinematic history as the first feature-length narrative film written and directed by an out black lesbian about black lesbians.  Dunye’s second feature was the HBO produced television movie Stranger Inside, and she went on to direct My Baby’s Daddy in 2004 and The Owls in 2010.  In addition to making films, Dunye is an assistant professor of cinema at SF State, and a recent recipient of the prestigious 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.  Dunye is constantly engaging audiences with socially compelling content that defies the stereotypes of how women and people of color have been depicted on screen, and we are looking forward to the magic that she will bring to season 2 of Queen Sugar.

Queen Sugar is an adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name and follows the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley); a world-wise journalist and activist, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner); the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star, and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe); a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.  After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives when they inherit an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

Be sure to tune into Queen Sugar on Wednesday nights at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on OWN.



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