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The Watermelon Woman, Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl, a young black lesbian, works a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical “mammy” roles relegated to black actresses during that period.


The Watermelon Woman
Directed by Cheryl Dunye
1996, United States, 90 minutes, 14A

This screening will open with the short film Le Passé a toujours été ici (The Past Has Always Been Here) by Miley Afolabi.

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Miley Afolabi is a dynamic filmmaker on a mission to illuminate the rich tapestry of African stories through the lens of creativity and precision. With an innate passion for storytelling, the young indie filmmaker crafts cinematic experiences that captivate with depth and authenticity. Driven by a desire to challenge stereotypes and showcase the multifaceted nature of the African experiences, Afolabi aims to inspire a new generation of storytellers and ignite a cultural renaissance that celebrates the untold stories of Africa.


Le Passé a toujours été ici (The Past Has Always Been Here)
Directed by Miley Afolabi
2023, Canada & Nigeria, 17 minutes, not rated

February 23 at 7:00PM

Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.

Where

SaskTel Theatre

This February, Cinema at the Museum presents a series of films in honour of Black History Month. This series presents work from Black filmmakers that speak to inequality, activism, capitalism, identity, power, gender, discrimination, and love.

Film tickets are $10 at the front desk; free admission for members and youth under 18. Seating is first come, first served.

Talks, tours and other events are admission by donation or free with membership.