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Film screening: The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye
October 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm CEST
The Watermelon Woman (1996) directed by Cheryl Dunye
In English, 85 mins
Rediscover The Watermelon Woman in this restored 20th Anniversary Edition.
‘The Watermelon Woman’ was the name given to the mythical Fae Richards, a beautiful yet elusive black Actress from the 1930’s. In all her films, it was her only billing, why should that be? It is a mystery that perplexes Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a young black filmmaker. She sets out to solve the mystery by making a documentary about this forgotten star.
The Watermelon Woman garnered great critical and audience acclaim, and contains the most notorious lesbian sex scene of its time (which even saw the film being discussed in Congress). The film is a fiction, but Cheryl Dunye says, “Sometimes you have to create your own history.”
*This film is being screened at a small group event, for non-commercial and non-profit purposes. Free entry, limited to 8 people.*
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