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Classic Black Cinema Series - The Watermelon Woman

Museum admission, free for members
  • About This Program

    (1997) The opening sequence of "The Watermelon Woman" gives us a sly look at the social state of American affairs. An African-American lesbian is filming a heterosexual wedding. The bride is white, the groom is black and the wedding party is oh, so very civilized. But look closely. Intermingling is minimal and there are quick shots of curious, wary sidelong glances. It's the perfect set-up for writer/director Cheryl Dunye's sweetly sardonic, pretension-busting look at an African-American lesbian filmmaker negotiating our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-sexual, multi-multi world.

  • About The Classic Black Cinema Series

    Specifically designed as a vehicle to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years, the goal of the film series is to appeal to as diverse a population as possible and further the appreciation of Black cinema.

    Curator and host, Felix Curtis, came to Charlotte from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area where he curated The San Francisco Black Film Festival and Black Filmworks, the annual film festival component of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, where he later served as Executive Director.

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