The Watermelon Woman
The Watermelon Woman (1997)

Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930's. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 5, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2000
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

Funny and smart, full of biting humor and astute observations about identity and history, Cheryl Dunye's audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The narrative, abot a black lesbian director, is elliptical and circular, borrowing its format from Jim McBride's seminal David Holtzman's Diary, at the end of which, the viewers realize they have been watching a fake documentary.

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Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

It's a film of such multitudinous interests and storytelling pursuits that its unfolding replicates the ecstasy of newfound romance.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

...a unique film and a real time capsule of the 1990s when movie geeks hung out at video stores.

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Walter M.
Even though "The Watermelon Woman" is quite unpolished, writer-director Cheryl Dunye still manages to create a realistic fictional history in it to… More