Friday, Apr 21, 2017 7:30 PM
CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival
Sponsored in part by Deb Loober and Jane Burns
Made in 1996, “The Watermelon Woman” is a landmark film in black cinema, feminist cinema, lesbian cinema and new queer cinema. Dunye’s was the first feature film directed by and starring a black lesbian and received considerable critical acclaim upon its initial release. During the past 20 years it has continued to inspire black women filmmakers. Newly restored for its 20th anniversary, Dunye plays a version of herself as a video store clerk and fledging filmmaker who learns and becomes obsessed with a black actress from the 1930s known only as the “most beautiful mammy.” Dunye is determined to uncover more about her by making her the subject of a documentary and makes some surprising discoveries in the process.