72SSIFF - 20/28 September 2024

The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, United States, 1996) 90’

Cheryl (played by the director herself) is a black woman who is making a documentary about Fae Richards, a 1930s black actress popularly known as The Watermelon Woman. She also works in a video store. The film depicts Cheryl's lucubrations about the actress and stages her exciting love affair with Diana, a white woman, a regular customer at the store. The filmmaker's skill in bringing these two stories together makes the film a stimulating reflection on the representation of sexuality and race in cinema and an invitation to speculate on the boundaries between fiction and reality.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
19:00 h.
90 min.

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