THE WATERMELON WOMAN

Showings

Scene 1 Tue, Nov 13 6:00 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:followed by a post screening discussion
Series Info
Series:Bijou Film Forum
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:81 minutes
Director:Cheryl Dunye
Year Released:1997
Production Country:USA
Language:English

Description

Part of Bijou Film Board's Film Forum series.
FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

Film followed by post screening discussion.

"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."
- Village Voice

"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

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

Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working at 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.

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