New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: 52 Films By Women: The Watermelon Woman (1996)

By Andrea Thompson

To watch Cheryl Dunye’s 1996 masterpiece “The Watermelon Woman” is to notice something new and engaging every time. Cheryl Dunye, who was the first Black lesbian to direct a film, also wrote, edited, and plays the lead, but if there’s a further thing from a vanity picture, then I don’t know it. In fact, the first time I watched it, I had no idea so much of it was fiction.

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