University of Texas Libraries presents The Watermelon Woman

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The Watermelon Woman
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The University of Texas Libraries will present a screening of The Watermelon Woman, in cooperation with Profs. Ann Cvetkovich and Vlad Beronja.

The Watermelon Woman is a landmark of New Queer Cinema. The film follows Cheryl, a video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, as she makes a documentary about the "most beautiful mammy" a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Interviews with her own mother and cultural critic Camille Paglia, along with Dunye's own direct address of the camera, further the non-fiction conceit in a film that uses the mockumentary format to unpack LGBT, Philadelphia and Black history.

Complete with grainy clips and stills from movies that never were, The Watermelon Woman - winner of the Teddy Award at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival - is an engaging and important work of social critique.

Event Details



Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL)
101 E. 21st St.
Austin, TX 78705


Ticket Info

Admission is free.