The Watermelon Woman
Saturday 10th December, 6pm
The White Lion, Beeston
Our final film screening of the year will see us team up with the mighty Reel Equality to bring Cheryl Dunye’s groundbreaking The Watermelon Woman – the first feature film ever to be directed by a black lesbian – to Beeston.
Cheryl works part-time in a video shop (remember those?!), and is an aspiring filmmaker. After becoming interested in old films which feature black actors, she embarks on a mission to find the real ‘Watermelon Woman’ – the name given to an actor who played roles like Hattie McDaniel in Gone With The Wind. Full of 90s galore, The Watermelon Woman playfully and smartly critiques the way black women have been represented by Hollywood films.
Local poet Serita Bake will also be reading a selection of her works. As ever we’ll also be treating you to a lovingly cooked vegan meal, so do come hungry! Expect Philly cheese steaks, hot dogs and doughnuts, all included in the price!
Dressing up is encouraged (think everything from The Fresh Prince to the Spice Girls); but all nostalgic styles are welcome, so dig through your wardrobes for all your forgotten 90s treasures!
This screening is in aid of Equation, a local charity working to prevent and reduce the harm caused by domestic and sexual violence, and Kairos a volunteer-run group that support lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees. Thank you for helping us to support them.