Film

The Watermelon Woman

 
 
Tue, Oct 9, 2012
  • 6:50PM
 
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 90min
RATED: NR
FORMAT: 16mm
GENERAL ADMISSION: $12
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $7
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Cheryl Dunye | 1996

With Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker

In this first feature film directed by a black lesbian, Cheryl Dunye plays a fictionalized version of herself: a young video clerk fascinated by mammy characters of 1930s Hollywood. Cheryl’s fascination leads to an obsession with a stunning black lesbian actress credited as “the watermelon woman,” about whom she crafts a documentary while navigating an eerily similar love life. Winner of a Teddy Award for best first feature, The Watermelon Woman employs the frequent New Queer Cinema m.o. of creating queer histories—and in this case, stories of black women, too—from the cultural past. Dunye’s engaging persona and her playful, experimental direction make this a refreshing example of feminist cinema.  

 
 
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