The Watermelon Woman ★★★

THE WATERMELON WOMAN is a film that (from today's perspective of a white and unaffected person) comes across with a naturalness and matter-of-factness almost bordering on triviality. That it is not, of course, is underscored by a look at the year of the release and out of your own window. Cheryl Dunye's film is a testimony to how long people have been struggling for representation in comparatively enlightened times – in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in all areas of society – and the role of not only skin color, but also other parts of cultural and sexual identity.

But as a film it doesn't quiet connect. Sure, the amateurish presentation underpins the charm of the only loosely structured self-discovery process. And THE WATERMELON WOMAN ultimately brings the matter to a concrete and significant point. The arguments are all there, but too unfocused.


(watched as part of the 6th Annual Letterboxd Season Challenge: 2020-21 - Black Women Directors Week)