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The Watermelon Woman

Regie Cheryl Dunye
USA, 1996
Drama, Liebesfilm, LGBT+

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Cheryl, a young black woman working in a video store, is making a documentary about an obscure black actress who had a white lesbian lover. Cheryl just happens to fall in love with a very cute white woman herself!

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The Watermelon Woman Regie Cheryl Dunye

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1996 | Gewinner: Best Feature Film (Teddy)

Outfest: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

1996 | 2 Gewinne unter anderem: Outstanding Narrative Feature (Audience Award)

This was Ms. Dunye’s first feature, and some of the filmmaking is not quite as assured as it might have been. . . . But in its depiction of modern black lesbian life, its fictional secret history of an alternative black film culture and more, it’s an entertainment that’s also a challenge, one that subsequent American cinema, more than 20 years on, has yet to meet.
June 08, 2018
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This kind of reaction might exemplify why The Watermelon Woman is such a unique film. Black lesbians exist at the crossroads of three of America’s most persistent iniquities: they are black, and women, and gay. Dunye’s film is a monument to her own love of black film history, but it is also a look into the ways that we uncover the histories of marginalized people, people who were unable, because of access or because of taboo, to document themselves.
July 05, 2017
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Dunye balances the loose, impromptu feel of Cheryl’s search with the meticulous recreations of Fae’s world, and blurs fact and fiction even more in documentary-style interviews, for a witty, enlightening exploration of identity.
November 09, 2016
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