The Watermelon Woman at the Roxie

The Watermelon Woman at the Roxie

The Roxie presents "The Watermelon Woman," Cheryl Dunye's feature debut. A portion of your proceeds will go to support the Roxie during this challenging time.

Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration, "The Watermelon Woman" is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), 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 (Guinevere Turner, "Go Fish"), 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 (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her future.

"A landmark of New Queer Cinema and the first feature film directed by an African American lesbian. With biting humor and a sharp eye towards hidden histories, the film deftly captures the search for identity and how we, in turn, preserve and share history, from the stories told by our selves, families, and communities, to those produced by Hollywood and culture writ large." - Interview Magazine

"A wry, exhilarating comedy, at once romantic and sharply observant." - Los Angeles Times

"A vital example of New Queer Cinema, but it's more than a time capsule. Funny and smart, full of astute observations about identity and history, Cheryl Dunye's audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies." - Village Voice

90 minutes, color

The Watermelon Woman at the Roxie

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