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Nineties: Young Cinema Rebels

The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl Dunye directs and stars in this rom-com about a video store clerk searching for a mysterious actor.

The screening on Tuesday 23 July 18:30 will be introduced and followed by a discussion hosted by the Future Film Steering Group: a collective of Film Programmers aged 16-25. All attendees aged 16-25 are invited along to the BFI Bar & Kitchen for an informal discussion of the film and a drink on us (proof of age required for alcohol).

Image from The Watermelon Woman

USA 1996
Dir Cheryl Dunye
With Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker

Director and star Cheryl Dunye was passionate about bringing the stories of queer black women to filmgoers. This first feature directed by a black lesbian filmmaker is a rom-com about a young video store clerk trying to make a film about an uncredited black actress from the 1930s, whom she dubs ‘the Watermelon Woman’ – all while navigating her own creative practice and love life.

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