Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival 2016 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival 2016

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wednesday 20 april


The Watermelon Woman

(dir Cheryl Dunye, USA, 1996, 90 min)

A newly re-mastered special 20th anniversary screening of this important debut feature that continues to influence African-American, LGBTQ, and independent filmmaking to this day. Cheryl (played by the director) struggles to make a video-documentary about a beautiful 1930s film actress.

Introduction by Demetria Shabazz, UMass.

The director will be present.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management



In collaboration with The Stonewall Center screening of Cheryl Dunye’s new short, Black is Blue.



A short film about a trans man who works as a security guard in an apartment complex in Oakland.

The director will be present. Lunch will be provided.

12:00 Noon UMass Amherst
Communication Department Hub
Integrative Learning Center, 3rd floor



Poster for MMFF screening of THE WATERMELON WOMAN


In collaboration with:

The Stonewall Center at Umass Amherst

UMASS Amherst Stonwall Center


Trailer: The Watermelon Woman
Cheryl Dunye website


Meet the Director

Cheryl Dunye

CHERYL DUNYE will be present for discussion and Q&A at the screenings of both The Watermelon Woman and Black is Blue. [PHOTO: Raoul Ortega]


Cheryl Dunye emerged as part of the 1990's "queer new wave" of young film and video makers. Often set within a personal or domestic context, her stories foreground issues of race, sexuality and identity. Dunye is a native of Liberia, and holds an MFA from Rutgers University. She has made over 15 films including her debut film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN, which was awarded the Teddy at the Berlinale in 1996 and was recently restored by Outfest’s UCLA Legacy Project for the films’ 20th anniversary celebration in 2016. Her other works have premiered at film festivals and museums worldwide. Presently based in Oakland, Dunye is an Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.