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New Digital Restoration! Landmark Films by Women

THE WATERMELON WOMAN

United States | 1996 | Cheryl Dunye

THE WATERMELON WOMAN

The first film directed by an African American lesbian is a breezy independent comedy that’s been restored and re-released for its 20th anniversary. The movie follows Philadelphia video store clerk Cheryl (director Dunye) as she researches the life of a forgotten, 1930s black actress for a film she’s making. Known as the “Watermelon Woman,” this performer was relegated to “mammy” roles. Cheryl is also involved in her own race relations via a budding romance with a white woman (Guinevere Turner of Go Fish ). “A witty exploration of black American culture, past and present.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 90 min.

The film will be introduced at 6:45 by Deidre McPherson of Sistah Sinema. Sistah Sinema members admitted for $8.

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THE WATERMELON WOMAN

Thursday 2/9
6:45pm
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