Part of the series BIPOC Movie Nights, organized in collaboration with students from Queen’s Film and Media.
An auspicious debut for writer-director Cheryl Dunye, The Watermelon Woman tells a fresh story in wittily irreverent style. An aspiring black lesbian filmmaker researches an obscure 1940s black actress billed as the Watermelon Woman, while managing her personal relationships and own proximity to the Watermelon Woman.
It gives us something we don’t see much of in film — young black women claiming their space and sharing it with the rest of us.Rotten Tomatoes
Dunye’s smart and poignant twisting of history makes the film a timeless statementRotten Tomatoes
|Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valerie Walker