The Watermelon Woman
Cheryl Dunye
Fiction : 90' / Lesbian, Women, Comedy, Identity, Classic

Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as "the Watermelon Woman". While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards' life, Cheryl experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana, a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with the gay and black communities, are subject to the comic yet biting criticism of her best friend Tamara. Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes new questions about herself and her future.


September 25 | 21h00 | Cinema São Jorge - Sala Manoel de Oliveira
Closing Night

/ Details

Year: 1996

Country: USA

Language: English

Subtitles: Portuguese

With: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valerie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson

/ Direction

Cheryl Dunye


Cheryl Dunye (Liberia, 1966) is a filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, editor, and actress. Presently she is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Queer Cultural Center, sits on the board of Radar Productions, and is on the advisory board of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. Based in Oakland, Dunye is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema at San Francisco State University.


2014 – Brother from Another Time (Short Film)
2014 – Black Is Blue (Short Film)
2012 – Mommy Is Coming (Feature Film)
2010 – The Owls (Feature Film)
2004 – My Baby’s Daddy (Feature Film)
1996 – The Watermelon Woman (Feature Film)
1994 – Greetings from Africa (Short Documentary)
1993 – The Potluck and the Passion (Short Film)
1991 – She Don’t Fade (Short Film)
1990 – Janine (Short Documentary)

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