Queerly Beloved:
The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye







90 mins

Queerly Beloved: The Watermelon Woman

With the title a clear nod to Marvin Van Peeble’s outrageous film The Watermelon Man, Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman deserves its own spotlight as the first feature-length film written and directed by an out Black lesbian about Black lesbians. The Watermelon Woman dives into the world of Cheryl, a disgruntled video store employee and aspiring documentarian with a mission to find the identity of a black actress from the 1930s credited in one film as “The Watermelon Woman”. The film has received numerous accolades and has since become a cult favourite.


Queerly Beloved is presented in partnership with Paradise.

    • “A film of such multitudinous interests and storytelling pursuits that its unfolding replicates the ecstasy of newfound romance.” – Slant
    • “Funny and smart, full of biting humor and astute observations about identity and history.” – Village Voice
    • “The hottest dyke sex scene ever recorded on celluloid.” –  Philadelphia City Paper

Mon Mar 16, 6:00 pm

1006 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

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Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and the single largest promoter and distributor of LGBTQ content in Canada, along with the newly restored historic Toronto cinema Paradise Theatre, are proud to announce a partnership on a new film series entitled ‘Queerly Beloved’, ahead of Inside Out’s upcoming 30th anniversary festival taking place May 21-31. The cinema series, running during March 2020, will showcase eighteen (18) independent and influential queer films at Paradise Theatre, all of which have played an important role in shaping the history and narrative of queer cinema, and challenge norms of gender, sexuality, and desire through storytelling.