The Watermelon Woman (1996)

  • Comedy, Drama, Romance, Documentary
  • 1h 30m

In 1996, Cheryl Dunye—the writer, actor, and filmmaker—released The Watermelon Woman, a seminal work of autofiction in which a young Black lesbian filmmaker named Cheryl (played by Dunye) searches for the identity of a beautiful Black actress who played a mammy character in a 1930s drama. In the credits, the mysterious actress is listed only as “The Watermelon Woman.” This all kickstarts an obsessive film project searching for this actress through archives, VHS tapes and local queer history.

Director

Cheryl Dunye

Writer

Cheryl Dunye

Language

French

Country

United States