The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1996)

Sunday 13 March 2022, Movie night: The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1996), 90 minutes. Doors open at 20:00, Film starts at 20:30.

Romantic comedy-drama staring Dunye as Cheryl, a young black lesbian working a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical “mammy” roles relegated to black actresses during the period. The Watermelon Woman was the first feature film directed by a black lesbian and is considered a landmark in New Queer Cinema. In 2021, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net