In honor of Women’s History Month, the Schomburg Center is proud to present a 20th anniversary screening of Cheryl Dunye’s groundbreaking film, The Watermelon Woman, which in 1996 became the first feature film by a queer African-American woman. The lead character, played by Dunye (who also wrote and directed the film), finds parallels between herself and 1930s actress Fae Richards, popularly known as The Watermelon Woman, a domestic servant stereotype or “Mammy” played by many black women in her time.
The film explores the historical exclusion of black queer women working in Hollywood.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:30 PM
Watch the trailer
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037, www.schomburgcenter.org