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.
20th Anniversary: The Watermelon Woman
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 torrid 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
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson