The Watermelon Woman | 1997

Drama, Comedy
A twenty-something black lesbian is struggling to make a documentary about an elusive 1930s film actress when she experiences a total upheaval in her personal life.

Cast

... Cheryl

Actor

... Diana

Actor

... Tamara

Actor

... Fae Richards--The Watermelon Woman photo archive

Actor

... Herself

Actor

... Lee Edwards

Actor

... Shirley Hamilton

Actor

... Herself

Actor

... CLIT Archivist

Actor

... Karaoke Singer

Actor

... Annie Heath

Actor

... Librarian

Actor

Company

Dancing Girl Production

Production Company

The Effects House

Production Company

Synopsis

Cheryl, a twenty-something black lesbian, is struggling to make a documentary about beautiful and elusive 1930s film actress Fae Richards, popularly known as the "Watermelon Woman." As Cheryl uncovers the meanings of the Watermelon Woman's life, she experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. She falls in love with a white woman, and banters about race and desire with her best friend Tamara. At the film's close, the Watermelon Woman is clearly a metaphor for Cheryl's search for identity, community and love.

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