The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Wednesday 6th July 2022, 7:45 PM

Leytonstone Popup Cinema - The Watermelon Woman (1996)- film poster
  • Director:  Cheryl Dunye
  • Running time: 1h 30m.
  • Year: 1996 | Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Romance | Rating: 15
  • Venue location: Leytonstone Library (1st floor)

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman.

Following various leads, Cheryl discovers the Watermelon Woman’s stage name and real name and surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a White woman and one of Hollywood’s few female directors.

As she’s discovering these things, Cheryl becomes involved with Diana, who’s also White. The affair strains Cheryl’s friendship with Tamara. More discoveries bring Cheryl (and us, her audience) to new realizations.” –

Screening on Wednesday 6th July 2022, 7:45 PM

At Leytonstone library (first floor), Church Lane, E11 1HG

Ticket price £6 (£5 all concessions) sold onsite and on event night only.

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