Watermelon Man

1970, 100m, 35mm, U.S.

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened July 31–August 1, 2017

Falling somewhere between Kafka’s Metamorphosis and John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me, this comedy drama starring Godfrey Cambridge centers on a bigoted white salesman who wakes up one morning to find that he’s black. Directed by Melvin Van Peebles, who also wrote the score, the film paved the way for his follow up Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, which ushered in a new era of African-American cinema.

A film by Melvin Van Peebles