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Melvin Van Peebles: 'Godfather of black cinema' dies at 89

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Pioneering filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, dubbed the "godfather of black cinema", has died aged 89, with directors Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay and Barry Jenkins leading the tributes.

Van Peebles, famous for 1970s films including Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, died at home in New York on Tuesday.

A family statement paid tribute to his "relentless innovation".

Oscar-winner Lee said: "Damn, we have lost another giant!"

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