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As a young African-American female lesbian filmmaker living in modern Philadelphia gathers research for her latest project, a biopic on an African-American actress from the early days of cinema who gained the nickname "The Watermelon Woman", the filmmaker and her partner begin to find numerous parallels between the hard-scrabble life of the Watermelon Woman, who was also rumored to be a lesbian, and their own present-day relationship.

With its unabashed look at race, gender and sexual identity issues coming in the mid-1990s, before homosexuality gained the widespread acceptance it has today in American society, the film breaks new ground while also remaining an entertaining story of love and personal discovery.

The Watermelon Woman is an Drama, Comedy, Romance movie that was released in 1996 and has a run time of 1 hr 30 min. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 74.

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| 1996 | 1 hr 30 min | 6.6/10 | 74/100
Cast
Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson
Director
Cheryl Dunye
Produced By
Alexandra Juhasz, Barry Swimar
Language
English
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Also directed by Cheryl Dunye

Also starring Cheryl Dunye

Also starring Guinevere Turner