The Watermelon Woman came out 20 years ago, it was the first feature by and about a black lesbian. A cutting-edge work at the height of the culture wars.

— Indiewire

20th Anniversary: The Watermelon Woman

Film • Aug 15

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This film is part of our OUT here series.

Director: Cheryl Dunye

Re-released for its 20th anniversary, The Watermelon Woman is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman.” Throughout the film Cheryl experiences a total upheaval in her personal life , as she finds ways to navigate a torridĀ love affair and her personal sense of gender and identity.

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson

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1996. USA. 90 minutes. This film is not rated by the MPAA.