Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production: A Symposium Honoring the 20th Anniversary of Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman

Friday, September 23, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, September 24, 2016 (All day)
Illustration of Cheryl Dunye
This symposium honors the 20th anniversary of Assistant Professor Cheryl Dunye's film, The Watermelon Woman, as well as her growing body of work and cultural legacy. The first feature film directed by and starring a black lesbian, itmarked a watershed moment for black cinema, feminist cinema, lesbian cinema and new queer cinema. September 23, 3pm – 8:30pm. September 24, 10am - 6pm. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre, and Seven Hills Conference Center, Nob Hill Room
Darius Bost
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Appearing in the heyday of what filmmaker and scholar Yvonne Welbon has called the “golden age” of black queer cinema, the film garnered widespread critical acclaim, and its success inspired many black lesbians to create their own films in the years.


  • College of Health and Social Sciences
  • Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality
  • Dean of the College of Health and Social Sciences
  • Dean of the College of Creative & Liberal Arts
  • Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Funds
  • Queer Cinema Institute
  • Watermelon Woman 3.0
  • Black Sexual Economies Working Group (Washington University-St. Louis)