The Watermelon Woman

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A truly unique and important piece.

When Cheryl sees the 1930’s film, Plantation Memories, she becomes fascinated by the beautiful black

actress whose name wasn’t even mentioned in the credits. Instead, the actress was merely referred to

as “The Watermelon Woman”. Being a filmmaker, Cheryl decides that she will devote a film to

uncovering the truth behind the talented woman who remained unnamed. Who was she, and what was

she like?

With Philadelphia as her backdrop, we follow Cheryl along the hurdles of filmmaking, dating as a lesbian,

and tackling everyday racism as an African American. Themes of racism, sexuality, gender, identity and

representation are explored in an unfiltered, sharp, comedic style. Meanwhile the nuanced, flawed,

characters serve to remind us of people’s unforgiving complexities.

The element of truth to the film is heightened by its autobiographical aspects. Written, directed, and

edited by Cheryl Dunye, who also plays film-Cheryl,The Watermelon Woman was the first feature film to

be directed by a black lesbian and is considered a landmark in New Queer Cinema. This is a film for the

unrecognized, the voices we have not heard and the stories we have not seen. A truly unique and

important piece.

Cheryl Dunye

USA

1996

90 min

DVD

English

English subtitles

Written by Maria Haug

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Aldersgrense 18 år

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