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In African-diasporic America where numerous terms used to describe race and sexuality emerge and then vanish, the word ‘Butch’ has multiple meanings in different contexts, more than just a tomboy girl image. In this documentary, butch, which originally referred to male roughness, represents black lesbians who are often mistaken for men. Within this new meaning of ‘butch’ is contained sexist, racist discrimination… how do black women respond and react to it? Butch Mystique is a documentary that brings together stories about the lives of women who are mothers, activists, artists, and of course, butches.
Debra A.WilsonDebra A.Wilson
A native of California, Wilson has worked in the film industry for 15 years in a variety of roles, including Talent Coordinator for news and entertainment where she recruited sports, weather and on-air personalities for CBS NEWS, FOX News and Disney as well as network affiliates. After her film NIA: A Gathering of Our Sisterhood, she directed Butch Mystique, which was awarded at 2003 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the Showtime Black Filmmakers Showcase Award. Her most recent work is Jumpin’ the Broom: The New Covenant.