the early short films of cheryl dunye

Eyes Wide Open Cinema is teaming up with the University of Sussex's Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and Centre for American Studies, to bring you a season of pioneering American queer cinema at Fabrica Gallery. 

The film will have closed captions (English subtitles especially for D/deaf or hard of hearing attendees) and the event will have British Sign Language interpretation. 



Cheryl Dunye is one of the most distinct voices in American queer cinema history, bursting onto the scene with her wryly funny social critiques of friendship and dating in interracial lesbian communities. Most well known for her 1996 feature The Watermelon Woman, Dunye's short films are criminally unknown gems.

She Don't Fade (1991, 24 mins)

Dyke yenta Zoe gives the complete lowdown on a story of the romantic turmoils of a young black lesbian. 

Vanilla Sex (1992, 4 mins)

Two friends reflect on whether vanilla sex is what you do, or who you do. 

The Potluck And The Passion (1993, 22 mins) 

A black lesbian couple decides to host a potluck dinner party to celebrate their one-year anniversary and to meet each other's friends for the first time. 

Greetings From Africa (1994, 10 mins)

When Cheryl meets sexy redhead Elle at a lesbian cocktail party, things quickly become intense, but is there more to the mysterious Elle that she's not telling Cheryl?

Provocation: (To Be Confirmed)

Find out more about accessibility at Fabrica. As well as online, bookings can be made during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office during office hours.

This project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).

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