Cheryl Dunye
Part of the series Bureau of Feminism

The Watermelon Woman

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A foundational film of contemporary queer cinema, The Watermelon Woman—about a young black lesbian trying to make a film about an obscure 1930s black actress—remains astonishingly cutting- edge 20 years after its release. The film’s director, Cheryl Dunye, joins curator Erin Christovale after the screening to examine the boundaries, limitations, and possibilities of black aesthetics through film. (1996, dir. Cheryl Dunye, 90min.) 

The 20th Anniversary Restoration and Digital Re-Mastering of The Watermelon Woman was made possible by support and funding from 13th Gen, Outfest Legacy Project, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Toronto International Film Festival and First Run Features.

This program is part of the Hammer's Bureau of Feminism initiative.

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