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Cheryl is young, black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as ‘the Watermelon Woman’. Following various leads, Cheryl discovers both the Watermelon Woman's stage name and real name and surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a white woman and one of Hollywood's few female directors. As she's uncovering these truths, the twists and turns in Cheryl’s own personal and professional lives put love and friendship to the test. Recently restored, cult 90s rom-com The Watermelon Woman is one of the classic greats of queer and black queer representation.

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