The Watermelon Woman - Black History Every Month15

The Watermelon Woman - Black History Every Month

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  • Thu 10 Oct
  • 81 minutes
  • Director: Cheryl Dunee
  • Cast: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker
  • USA (1996)


"Funny and smart, full of biting humor and astute observations about identity and history, Cheryl Dunye's audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies." The Village Voice

"It's a film of such multitudinous interests and storytelling pursuits that its unfolding replicates the ecstasy of newfound romance." Slant Magazine

" [A] sweetly sardonic, pretension-busting look at an African-American lesbian filmmaker negotiating our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-sexual, multi-multi world." Killer Movie Reviews

Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930's. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known popularly as "the Watermelon Woman") had a white lesbian lover. At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store.