Bechdel Test Fest and Reel Good Film Club have joined forces to present Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman, the first feature film to be directed by an African-American lesbian.
Cheryl is a part time video shop worker and part time aspiring filmmaker. She knows she wants to make a film about black women ‘because our stories have never been told’ and is baffled by the lack of black women in film. When watching ‘Plantation Memories’, Cheryl is drawn to one particular ‘mammie’ whom is merely credited as ‘Watermelon Woman’. Cheryl’s embarks on an investigation to to tell this woman’s story and as she digs deeper she begins to explore her own identity, from her sexuality to the value of her artistry.
The screening will follow a panel (tbc) that will discuss the film’s relevance in today’s film industry were the erasure of black women remains alarming.