The Watermelon Woman

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 7:00pm

Lightbox Film Center, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street

The Watermelon Woman

 dir. Cheryl Dunye, 1996, 90 min.

This “fake documentary” stars the director as a fictionalized version of herself. Dunye plays a Black lesbian filmmaker who, captivated by an elusive, queer 1930s black film actress, decides to make a film about her.

Remarks after the film by Patricia White and Eleni PalisPatricia White is a scholar of feminist film and Eugene Lang Research Professor of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College. She is author of Women's Cinema, World Cinema and co-author of The Film Experience. Eleni Palis is a PhD candidate in English and Cinema and Media Studies whose dissertation focuses on the reappropriation of classical Hollywood film fragments in contemporary American cinema.

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Screening is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration requested.